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Canada now has more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19

The number of cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Canada has now surpassed 10,000.

The federal government announced a total of 10,466 positive diagnoses of the communicable disease at 11 a.m. on Thursday, two and a half months since the first Canadian case was diagnosed back on January 15.

This figure jumped to 11,068 after Quebec this afternoon confirmed an additional 907 cases and three deaths. Ontario also had an increase of 401 new cases — along with 16 more deaths — overnight.

Quebec has been hit the hardest, with 5,518 cases so far. Ontario follows with 2,793, while B.C. has 1,066, Alberta has 871, Saskatchewan has 193, Newfoundland has 175, Nova Scotia has 173, Manitoba has 127, New Brunswick has 81, P.E.I. has 21, the Yukon has 6, Northwest Territories have 2 and Nunavut has 0.

Across the country, the largest demographic of COVID-19 patients have been between the ages of 50 and 59, a group that comprises 19 per cent of all cases.

Seventeen per cent of patients are 40-49, 16 per cent are 60-69 and another 16 per cent are 30-39.

Thirteen per cent have been between the ages of 20 and 29, and 19 per cent total have been 70-79 (9 per cent), 80 or over (6 per cent), or under 19 years old (4 per cent).

Though hospitalization data is only available for 3,177 of the country's cases, only 148 people have been sick enough to be admitted to the ICU, and 486 have required hospitalization in general — a 15 per cent hospitalization rate overall.

The mortality rate from the communicable disease hovers around 1.5 per cent in Canada, with 134 deaths and counting, and the infection rate among all Canadians tested — 260,000 or so people thus far — is about 3.5 per cent.

At this time, approximately 67 per cent of Canadian cases are being attributed to community exposure — a particularly concerning number given that so many people continue to defy the government's strict directive to socially distance and self-isolate after travel.

With some degree of lockdown in many parts of the country due to continue well into the summer, and health officials citing grim projections for how the coronavirus situation may go in Canada, the worst may still be yet to come if people don't start staying home and away from others.

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