COVID-19 continues to spread in Canada

OTTAWA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Canada reported a total of 213,881 COVID-19 cases and 9,922 deaths as of Saturday afternoon as the resurgence of COVID-19 activity continued in the country, according to CTV.

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Tam Theresa said on Saturday that outbreaks continued to contribute to COVID-19 spread in Canada and the number of people experiencing severe illness continued to increase.

"These vary in size from just a few cases to larger clusters occurring in a range of settings including long term care and assisted living facilities, schools, congregate living settings, industrial work settings and large social gatherings," Tam said in a statement.

On Saturday morning, Ontario province announced 978 news cases of COVID-19, breaking another grim record for the most infections in a single day. Its previous record was 939 cases announced on Oct. 9.

Ontario also reported six new COVID-19-related deaths in the province, bringing the total number of fatalities to 3,086. The total number of lab-confirmed infections in the province is 69,331.

Quebec province announced on Saturday that 1,009 more people had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 99,235 since the start of the pandemic.

The Canadian Press reported that 4.6 million people arrived in Canada since March 21 when the border was closed to all non-essential travel. Of those, 3.5 million were considered essential while 1.1 million people were non-essential travelers and ordered to quarantine.

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