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Ontario reports more than 1,600 new COVID-19 cases, Quebec dealing with 579 new infections

Last Updated Mar 8, 2021 at 12:40 pm PDT

FILE - A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Newfoundland and Labrador reports three new cases, Nova Scotia has none

Stay-at-home orders in several Ontario regions being lifted

Prime minister announces March 11 will be 'national day of observance' for pandemic

ONTARIO (NEWS 1130) – Ontario is seeing a jump in new COVID-19 infections, reporting 1,631 cases Monday. That’s up by a couple hundred compared to Sunday’s caseload.

The province says the daily case count is higher than expected due to a “data catch-up process” in its system.

There have been 10 more deaths in Ontario, as stay-at-home orders in several regions are lifted, loosening pandemic restrictions imposed nearly two months ago. Toronto, Peel, and North Bay were the last regions still under the order, and are transitioning back to the government’s colour-coded pandemic response framework.

Meantime, Quebec is dealing with 579 new infections and nine deaths due to the virus. Hospitalizations declined by two to 590, with 108 people in intensive care.

Newfoundland and Labrador has reported three new cases of COVID-19, with health officials there saying all of the cases involve close contacts of previously reported infections.

Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases, though there are still 24 active infections. Two people are in the hospital, including one in intensive care.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says March 11 will be a “national day of observance” for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The day is meant to commemorate the 22,000 people in Canada who have died from the disease and to acknowledge all the other ways lives have changed over the past year. In a statement, Trudeau says that includes kids’ missed birthday parties, seniors’ increased isolation, lost jobs and failing businesses.

The day is also meant to honour workers in health care and other essential frontline services.