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Ottawa, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): Both Ontario and Quebec, Canada's two most populous provinces have recorded 169 and 175 respectively, their highest daily increases in new cases of COVID-19 since late July, amidst many schools reopening on Sep 8, media reports said.
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The largest counts for the day recorded in Ontario were in Peel Region with 46, Toronto with 42, Ottawa with 30 and 19 in York Region, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
Schools in Quebec have been open for more than a week, and 46 out of 3,100 schools in the province have at least one case of COVID-19 since then, according to government figures released Sep 4.
The number of cases are in line with expectations, said Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé adding that in most of the 46 cases, the staff or student was infected outside of school.
Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 63,292 confirmed cases in Quebec, and 5,769 people infected have died.
Ontario has now seen 43,003 cumulative confirmed cases of the virus since the outbreak began in late January, and 2,811 people have died.
"A key concern this past week has been the continuing increase in daily case counts," Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said in a statement on Saturday and added,
"Although we are well below the almost 1,800 cases reported daily at the peak of the initial wave in early May, we have been seeing an increasing trend in this disease activity indicator.
"With 631 new cases reported across Canada yesterday, the most recent seven-day moving average now has us at 545 cases being reported daily. This exceeds the maximum number of daily cases reported during increased activity in mid-July." Tam said.
Canada had recorded 131,469 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 116,118 of those as recovered or resolved.
The global total of confirmed coronavirus cases is now more than 26.6 million, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. More than 875,000 people have died while 17.7 million have recovered.
Widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 is not expected until the middle of next year, said World Health Organization.
With least 176 potential vaccines at various stages of research around the world, just eight of them are in the final stage of human clinical trials, or Phase 3.
This part of the process can't be rushed, said Dr. Margaret Harris of the WHO, as all data from trials needs to be shared and compared.