Canada reported no new deaths from COVID-19 in a 24-hour period this past Friday, September 11 for the first time since March 15, when lockdowns in North America began.
Over 6 million Canadians have been tested, with just over 2% coming back positive. And though there were 702 new cases reported last Friday, bringing total positive cases up to 135,626, deaths remained at 9,163.
This is uplifting news, likely accredited to the efforts Canadians have made to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, “We have been physically apart from each other in order to plank the curve, but we have found new ways to be together, and connected, while at a distance.”
In Canada, the overwhelming majority of positive cases and deaths have been reported by Ontario – its most populous province – and neighboring Quebec. Canada has had far fewer infections than the United States, which has nearly 7 million cases and over 190,000 deaths to date.