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COVID-19 hospitalizations drop in Quebec and Ontario; cases spike in New Brunswick

Last Updated Jan 17, 2021 at 4:24 pm EST

Quebec and Ontario both reported a drop in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 today, even as over 100 people lost their lives to the disease in the two provinces and New Brunswick reported a new single-day high for new infections.

Ontario reported 69 new deaths and Quebec reported 50 as the two provinces reported vastly different numbers of new diagnoses.

Ontario recorded more than 3,400 new cases of the virus today, despite a 62-person decline in the number of hospitalizations.

Quebec, in contrast, reported just 1,744 new cases of COVID-19 due to a data issue that omitted some new infections from the tally, as well as 14 fewer people in hospital.

New Brunswick, meanwhile, announced new restrictions are on the way for one regional hot spot and could be imposed elsewhere after the province reported a new one-day high of 36 new cases.

The province’s top doctor announced that the Edmundston Region, home to the majority of the most recent infections, will be moving to the red-alert level of New Brunswick’s pandemic response plan as of Monday morning. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2021

The Canadian Press