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Cases of COVID-19 in Canada near 60,000 but more than half of them from one province

Provincial health officials are reporting 2,209 new cases of COVID-19 across the country as of Sunday morning, bringing the country's cumulative case count up to 59,357.

Deaths from the virus also continue to mount in Canada, with 109 new deaths reported today for a total of at least 3,675 thus far.

Quebec continues to be the province with the most cases by far, with a whopping 31,865 total cases confirmed in the province to date. Ontario follows behind with the second-highest case count, for a total of 17,553

As of May 3, Alberta is reporting 5,670 cases, B.C. is reporting 2,171, Nova Scotia has confirmed 963, Saskatchewan has 421 and Mantioba has 280.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador has just 259 cases, New Brunswick has 118, Prince Edward Island has 27, Yukon has 11, Northwest Territories has five and Nunavut has one single case. 

Canada also reported 23,316 resolved cases in the country as of May 2 at 11 a.m., though that number has likely increased even more since yesterday. 

Canadian health officials say 81 per cent of all COVID-19 cases are currently related to community transmission, while 19 per cent were either exposed while travelling or to a traveler coming to Canada from abroad.

Canada has also successfully ramped up its testing efforts as of late, with an average of 24,000 people tested per day in the past week.

According to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada has now conducted a total of approximately 893,000 tests for COVID-19, with an average of 6.5 per cent positive overall. 

Meanwhile, a number of provinces are gearing up to enter the first phase of reopening their economies this coming week, but health officials continue to remind Canadians of the importance of staying home and social distancing as much as possible. 

"While we can continue to be cautiously optimistic, it is important that everyone remains aware of our duty to protect one another, especially those who are most vulnerable, as we navigate the next few weeks," Dr. Tam said in a statement yesterday. 

"Provinces and territories are outlining their approaches to gradually lift measures and open up the economy. Please consult your provincial and territorial authorities to learn about the restrictions in your region and continue to stay home if you are sick, wash your hands frequently and practice physical distancing."

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University Health Network

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