Canadian provinces report record single-day highs of COVID-19 cases

COVID-19: Alberta reports new one-day record with 1,336 new cases, nine new deaths

Atlantic Canada is also experiencing a recent increase in cases, while numbers continue to soar in Nunavut.

Of those, 11,274 cases are active while 33,543 people have recovered.

Ontario reported a record daily increase of 1,588 cases on Saturday, surpassing the province's previous single-day high of 1,581 cases on November 14.

According to the Alberta website, there were nine new deaths attributed to the disease, which brings the total to 471.

The territory saw 25 new cases on Saturday, including 22 in hard-hit Arviat and three in Whale Cove. There are now 10,655 active cases in the province.

People arriving in the Northwest Territories and Yukon are once again required to self-isolate for 14 days, while a provincewide public health order in B.C. has barred social gatherings of any size in private homes except between members of the same "core bubble".

Hinshaw said people of all ages are dying from the virus, including two people in their 30s this past week.

Quebec reported 1,189 new cases on Saturday, raising its total number of confirmed cases to 130,888.

This is the 16th straight day in which Ontario has reported case counts in the quadruple digits.

Alberta added 1,336 new cases, the first time it's exceeded 1,200 new cases since the start of the pandemic.

The provincial contact-tracing system has been overwhelmed and estimates it doesn't know the origin of about 80 per cent of all cases.

An inmate at the Edmonton Institution has tested positive for COVID-19, Correctional Services Canada (CSC) said Saturday.

"The average age of people experiencing hospitalization is dropping", said Hinshaw.

The surge is "putting pressure on local healthcare resources and forcing hospitals to make the hard decision to cancel elective surgeries and procedures in several areas", she said in a statement.

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