Provincial health authorities also reported 100 new deaths associated with COVID-19, marking the highest daily increase since early June.
In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the country has continued to see an “acceleration in disease activity,” and a “concerning” increase in cases among high-risk populations and settings.
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“Those aged 80 years & older now have the highest incidence rate nationally,” she wrote.
Tam said there is an “urgent need for everyone to take individual actions to not only protect themselves but also populations & communities at high risk.”
In Ontario, 1,417 new cases were reported on Wednesday, and health officials said 32 more people had died.
Meanwhile, Quebec — the province hit hardest by the pandemic — saw 1,179 new infections and 35 additional fatalities on Wednesday.
Five hundred and thirty new cases were reported between Manitoba and Saskatchewan, with the provinces adding 399 and 131 new infections respectively.
Saskatchewan also saw one new death, bringing the province’s death toll to 32, while Manitoba saw 11 new fatalities.
The Maritime provinces added 15 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.
New Brunswick saw nine new cases, while Nova Scotia added three.
Newfoundland and Labrador reported two new infections.
Prince Edward Island did not release any new COVID-19 related data on Wednesday, but the latest numbers issued Tuesday said the province has seen 68 cases of the virus, of which 65 are considered recovered.
No new deaths were reported in Atlantic Canada.
In Western Canada, 1,489 new cases were detected.
Health officials in Alberta reported 730 new cases of the virus, and said 11 more people had died, bringing the provincial death toll to 443.
In British Columbia, 762 new cases were detected. Three of those cases are epidemiologically-linked, meaning they have not yet been confirmed by a laboratory and are not part of Global News’ total case count.
Health authorities also said there have been 10 new deaths.
Meanwhile, Nunavut, which is now under lockdown for two weeks, reported 10 new infections, bringing the territory’s total case load to 70.
The Northwest Territories, which has seen 15 cases of the virus, did not report any new infections.
The Yukon did not release new COVID-19 data on Wednesday, but the latest numbers released Tuesday said the territory has seen 25 confirmed cases of the virus.
Twenty-two of those infections are considered to be resolved.
Global cases top 56 million
By 8:30 p.m. ET, there were 56,108,310 cases of the virus globally, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
Since it was first detected in Wuhan, China late last year, the novel coronavirus has claimed1,346,741 lives around the world.
The United States remained the epicentre of the virus on Wednesday, with more than 11.4 million cases.
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