Publish: 12 Sep 2020, 10:40 am
Canada reported zero COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15, according to public health agency data released late on Friday.
Canada's Pandemic Death Toll stood at 9.163 as of Sept. 11, the same as the number of deaths registered on Sept. 10, according to government data. The number of positive cases increased by 702 to 135,626 on September 11 of the previous day, as shown by the results, reports Reuters.
Canada's infections have seen a moderate pick-up in recent days, with most provinces relaxing lockout restrictions and as schools reopen for in-person lessons. Authorities have been on high alert to prevent fresh outbreaks, and provinces, including British Columbia, have introduced new barriers to the spread of the virus.
Still, the situation in Canada looks relatively stable compared to its southern neighbour. Over 190,000 people died from the pandemic across the US border, and more than 6.38 million people were infected.
Canada's history with SARS, or extreme acute respiratory syndrome, helped to better educate the health officials. SARS killed 44 people in Canada, the only country outside of Asia to record deaths from the 2002-2003 epidemic.
The first confirmed coronavirus case in Canada was in Toronto, on Jan. 25. Both Ontario, the most populated province in the world and neighboring Quebec, became the hot spots for COVID-19 infections.
Both provinces suffered with long term care homes with outbreaks. The first COVID-19 death in Canada was registered at a long-term care facility in British Columbia on March 9.
As COVID-19 cases started to increase in mid-March, Canada cut off all foreign nationals from its international borders and ramped up testing in an attempt to isolate infected patients. Ontario and Alberta faced outbreaks at farms and meat-processing plants among temporary foreign employees, which delayed reopening in some regions.