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The province’s recent COVID-19 numbers are more encouraging than last month, however, said Helen Carabin, a professor at the University of Montreal.
The population clearly understood that we had to be more careful if transmission was to be limited
Quebec’s COVID – 19 reproduction number, which measures virus transmission potential, is slowly declining – a positive sign that people are following public health guidelines.
“The population clearly understands that in order to limit transmission, we need to be more careful,” she said in an interview.
“We are going in the right direction, unlike what happened in September. Now it tells us that we need to be very careful during the winter months.
Canada’s top public health official Dr Theresa Tom said in a statement on Sunday that the “revival” of COVID-19 was continuing nationwide.
Tom said he is concerned that Canada has not yet seen the full impact of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, as hospital admissions and deaths are generally lagging behind the number of cases.
A total of 215,879 COVID-19 cases were reported in Canada on Sunday, including 9,940 deaths.
Manitoba on Sunday announced 161 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths – two of which were related to outbreaks at the Winnipeg long-term care home, where 17 people have died.
Public health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador reported a new case of COVID-19, while officials in New Brunswick reported two new infections and two additional deaths.