Largest single-day spike after jurisdictions report 2,558 new patients

On Friday, Oct. 9, jurisdictions around Canada reported 2,558 new cases of COVID-19, along with 31 fatalities and 2,016 recently recovered patients.

Alberta and Quebec combined to withdraw three deaths from previous dates. However, the nationwide updates have increased Canada’s active case count by 514, leaving 19,008 currently infected patients around the country.

The 2,558 new cases that were announced on Friday marks the largest single-day spike Canada has recorded throughout the pandemic. It surpasses the 2,437 cases that were announced on Thursday.

The latest modelling data was presented Friday by Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam. If people don’t start to limit their contacts, we could be seeing up to 5,000 cases a day by late October to early November.

“We’re at a tipping point in this pandemic,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday morning while reflecting on the rise in cases nationwide.

Ontario started the

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Quebec sees largest daily case count, Ontario has a slight decrease in new COVID-19 cases

For more on Monday’s top stories, and on how the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, please refer to our live updates below, as well as our COVID-19 news hub.

17,122 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 168,960 diagnoses, 9,504 deaths and 142,334 recoveries (as of Oct. 6, 6:00 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,900 active cases (19,211 total cases, including 281 deaths, 17,030 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,384 active cases (9,841 total cases, 244 deaths, 8,184 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 781 active cases (2,246 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,441 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 5 active cases (205 cases, 2 deaths, 198 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 4 active case (277 total cases, 4 deaths, 269 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories – 0 active cases (5 total cases, 5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia – 3 active cases (1,089 total cases, 65 deaths 1,021 resolved)

  • Ontario – 5,469 active cases (55,362 total cases, 2,987 deaths,

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Hospital chain targeted in possibly one of the largest cyberattacks on US medical systems: report

Universal Health Services (UHS), a large hospital chain, has reportedly been targeted by hackers in what may be one of the nation’s largest cyberattacks on a medical system to date.



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Hospital chain targeted in possibly one of the largest cyberattacks on US medical systems: report

NBC News reported Monday that computer systems began to crash over the weekend across different locations operated by UHS, which has roughly 400 facilities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom and employs 90,000 employees, according to its website.

One source told NBC News that the breach appears to be a ransomware attack, where hackers use malicious software to lock up computer networks and then demand payment to return access to these systems.

The Hill has reached out to UHS for comment.

The Hill reported earlier this year that hospitals are increasingly bracing for such attacks, particularly with health

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Quebec reports 698 infections; Manitoba sees its second largest spike

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Ontario and Quebec continued their worrisome COVID-19 case trends, but this time there was a particular impact in hospitals.

Both provinces are seeing their highest amount of hospitalizations and ICU virus patients in months. In addition, the 698 cases that were reported by Quebec is the most in a 24-hour stretch since May 21.

In Manitoba, 65 new cases were announced. It’s the second largest spike throughout the pandemic for the province, which now has a record-high 545 active cases.

For more on Saturday’s top stories, and on how the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, please refer to our live updates below on Yahoo News Canada.

12,081 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 151,671 diagnoses, 9,262 deaths and 130,328 recoveries (as of Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,497 active cases (17,343 total cases, including 261 deaths, 15,585 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,349

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Young Long Islanders are largest share of new coronavirus cases

Long Island residents under age 30 represented the largest share of new coronavirus cases since June — more than 40% — as many young people attended more social events and let down their guard against the virus, according to county health officials and data.

In Suffolk, people under 30 accounted for 46.7% of coronavirus cases reported between June 20 and Sept. 21, county health department data shows. The average age of people who tested positive for the virus in September was 32, compared with 42 in June, the data shows.

In Nassau, people under 30 were responsible for 38.8% of new cases between May 29 and Sept. 21, according to the Nassau County health department.

Among all age groups the rate of new infections in Nassau and Suffolk is about 1%, officials said.

The data showing the rising number of cases among young people comes as many of them return

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