Canada as a whole managed to stem the tide of the outbreak over the summer months, through full lockdowns in spring to a reopening over the summer.
As of late last week, there had been 191,732 cases nationwide and 9,699 deaths.
But with colder weather approaching, infections have been climbing sharply in many parts of the country, driven by the highly populated provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The average number of people sent to hospital each day is also rising in the places with the most cases, and health officials have warned a major surge still has the potential to overwhelm the healthcare system. Additionally, infections have begun making their way back into long-term care homes.
Parts of Ontario and Quebec have brought back some lockdown measures as they try to bring infections under control, pressing pause on such things as indoor dining and gyms in hotspots like Montreal and Toronto.
Other parts of Canada are fairing better.
Atlantic Canada, the four provinces east of Quebec, has been able to limit community spread and has implemented a travel bubble, with free movement for residents and strict 14-day isolation orders for outside travellers.
The country is still lagging in testing capacity, and has experienced long queues and slow turnarounds for results in some areas as children returned to school. pg
About 77,000 Canadians are being tested daily, but the goal is to be able to test up to 200,000 daily nationwide.