The number of COVID-19 cases in Canada increased by 1,000 in a single day
Quebec reported an additional 732 cases between Monday and Tuesday, increasing the provincial total to 4,162 cases.
Ontario is currently reporting 1,966 cases of COVID-19, British Columbia has 970, Alberta has 690, Saskatchewan has 184, Newfoundland has 152, Nova Scotia has 147, Manitoba has 103, New Brunswick has 70, P.E.I has 21, Yukon has five and the Northwest Territories has one.
Of that number, 1162 Canadians have recovered and 100 Canadians have lost their lives.
100 Canadians have died of coronavirus. That includes 38 in Ontario, 31 in Quebec, 19 in BC, 8 in Alberta, 2 in Saskatchewan, 1 in Manitoba, and 1 in Newfoundland and Labrador. 2 other Canadians have died overseas, one in Japan and the other in Brazil. Number of cases hits 8,497.— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 31, 2020
Despite Canada implementing steep fines and jail time for returning travellers who refuse to stay home, 75 per cent of Canadian travellers have confessed that they're not self-isolating to government standards, which could be contributing to the growing spread.
Health officials continue to urge all Canadians to stay home, but with the drastic increase in COVID-19 cases, healthcare workers are now preparing for what some have described as a "war zone."
Canada is investing $2 billion in personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, and the country has massively scaled up efforts to find a treatment for the virus.
If the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada continues on its current trajectory (i.e. cases doubling every 3-5 days), the country could have as many as 32,000 cases by next Tuesday.
So, please, Canada: listen to the advice of our national treasure Ryan Reynolds and stay home.
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