Latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021

Latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021
CANADA 742,531 18,974 658,984
Ontario 252,585 5,753 222,287
Quebec 252,176 9,437 225,245
Alberta 120,330 1,525 109,078
British Columbia 63,484 1,128 56,455
Manitoba 28,476 797 24,307
Saskatchewan 21,917 250 18,506
Nova Scotia 1,570 65 1,485
New Brunswick 1,104 13 762
Newfoundland and Labrador 398 4 386
Nunavut 267 1 264
Prince Edward Island 110 0 103
Yukon 70 1 69
Northwest Territories 31 0 24

*Source: Esri Canada

Despite lockdowns and campaigns urging people to stay home, the total number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Canada continued to climb in January, surpassing 730,000 confirmed cases.

And as the number of total cases increased, so too did the number of those hospitalized with roughly 4,700 people being treated in hospitals across the country.

We’re seeing a pretty significant number of COVID-19 cases in many communities across the country,” Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist and physician at Toronto General Hospital, told Global News.

“The hospital systems are starting to get overwhelmed and … we’re starting to see hospitals shift gears such that they can provide surge capacity, basically limiting some care in other areas so that they can provide care for an influx of patients infected with COVID-19. It’s pretty challenging.”

Health Canada has announced its approval of two vaccines in December after reviewing clinical trial data submitted by Pfizer and BioNTech — the makers of the first vaccine approved for use in Canada — and Moderna.

— compiled by Tess de Jesus, FWH