Daily reported infections of the novel coronavirus in Canada hovered just under the 5,000-mark on Friday, as several provinces posted new case records or moved their cities into tighter lockdowns amid the second wave of COVID-19.
The 4,965 new cases brought Canada’s total cases to 320,414, though 256,646 of those patients have since recovered from the virus.
Another 69 deaths were also reported by health authorities across the country Friday, pushing the country’s death toll to 11,334. A total of 13,350,000 test have since been administered.
Friday’s case totals also came amid a call from the prime minister for Canadians to reduce their contacts as much as possible ahead of the upcoming holiday season.
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“This is the future of our country, this is the future of our children, it’s the future of our loved ones and our seniors, it’s our economy, it’s our businesses, it’s everything all together,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday, who also acknowledged the pandemic’s tiring effect on people’s daily lives.
“The cases across the country are spiking massively. We are facing a winter that’s going to drive people inside more and more and we’re really at risk of seeing caseloads go up and hospitals get overwhelmed and more loved ones dying.”
“A normal Christmas, quite frankly, is out of the question,” added Trudeau.
Earlier in the day, Chief Public Health Officer Dr.…