Alberta has 13,166 active COVID-19 cases, more than pandemic hotspots Ontario and Quebec—despite being home to a fraction of the population.
On Monday, the province announced 1,549 new cases of the virus—more than both Ontario and Quebec, which confirmed 1,431 and 1,164 new cases, respectively. Ontario has 13,004 active cases, and Quebec has 10,997, according to Canada Public Health data.
People-wise, Alberta is one-third the size of Ontario and half the size of Quebec.
COVID-19 cases are surging across Canada, with regions that were previously spared the worst consequences of the pandemic now grappling with out-of-control numbers.
“With some of the increased interactions in society and more spread in certain situations, the cases unfortunately accelerated…obviously very fast,” Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, told CBC News.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has urged provinces to implement stronger lockdown measures and most provinces have taken some sort of action. British Columbia and Ontario have implemented lockdowns to curb virus spread and Quebec has shuttered all nonessential businesses in Montreal, with no plans to open them anytime soon. Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador tightened their grip on travel by pulling out of the “Atlantic Bubble,” which allowed people to travel freely throughout Canada’s East Coast without isolating…Read more>>