Canada hit a grim milestone this weekend, surpassing a million total cases of the COVID-19 virus since the beginning of the pandemic.
Federal coronavirus disease figures provided by the federal government show the total cases of COVID-19 in the country reached 1,000,545 by Saturday evening.
Ontario has seen the most coronavirus cases of any province or territory, with 358,558 cases reported as of 7 pm ET on April 3, when the federal government’s COVID-19 dashboard was last updated.
Quebec has the second-highest case count with 314,958, followed by Alberta with 150,307 cases.
British Columbia has reported 102,970 COVID-19 cases.
The dashboard indicates there are 56,036 current active COVID-19 cases in the country. There have been 921,459 recoveries from COVID-19.
A total of 23,050 people have died of the virus since last year, with the highest total number of deaths by province in Quebec.
The current situation
BC broke two records this weekend for total number of daily cases, with 1,018 cases reported from Thursday to Friday and 1,072 cases from Friday to Saturday.
The province has just introduced several “circuit breaker” measures to curb the spread of the virus, including suspending indoor dining for three weeks.
A total of 14 players on the Vancouver Canucks have now been identified on NHL’s COVID list.
Ontario has reported more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over past two days. The last time numbers were this high was in January.
Ontario has just moved into a 28-day province-wide shutdown as COVID-19 infections and ICU admissions rise.