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Positive signs in Canada's COVID-19 numbers, but we're not out of the woods yet

Last Updated Jan 19, 2021 at 1:17 pm PDT

Covid-19 Rapid Test Device kits at Humber River Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday November 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario reports fewer than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in over a month

Ontario's health minister says lower number of new infections likely due to reporting error

Quebec, Manitoba seeing drop in COVID-19 case numbers

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There’s some good news and bad news out of Ontario in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The province is reporting fewer than 2,000 new cases for the first time in over a month. But the province’s health minister says the lower number is likely due to a reporting error at Toronto Public Health.

Still, case counts in Ontario have been trending downward since the stay-at-home order took effect last week. However, hospital capacity is still a major concern, with 400 COVID-19 patients currently in that province’s ICU.

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Meanwhile, Quebec and Manitoba have also seen their numbers drop lately. That could be a sign the province’s efforts to contain the virus have been working, but health authorities caution it’s a bit too early to draw conclusions from the data.

Quebec reported under 1,400 cases on Tuesday, its lowest daily count since the start of December. Manitoba reported 111 new cases.

Here in .B.C., Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Monday that there were 1,330 COVID-19 infections and 31 deaths over the weekend.

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These case counts come as the federal government announces a deferment in the shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. That shipment was supposed to arrive in Canada next week, but Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin announced Tuesday that the shipments will instead pick up in the first two weeks of February.

He said this week’s deliveries will be around 82 per cent of what was expected, and none will arrive next week. Only half of the expected amount will be coming in the first half of next month.

This comes after Pfizer reported a temporary reduction in the company’s ability to deliver vaccines as it makes improvements to its facilities to increase production capacity in the long run.

-With files from Cormac Mac Sweeney and Yasmin Gandham