Canada passes U.S.A. per capita

This past Friday, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, Canada has had a day with more new Covid cases per capita than the U.S. The average over the past seven days has been approximately 22 new recorded cases per 100,000 people in the country.

A graph from Our World in Data, which collects global COVID-19 statistics from Johns Hopkins University, shows that on Friday, April 9, Canada overtook the U.S. The trend continued through April 12, which was the last time the data was updated.

Ontario is being hit particularly hard with hospital ICU units increasingly overwhelmed, especially in Toronto. Yesterday, on Monday 12 April, the province announced its hospitals would start ramping down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures to ensure they have the capacity to treat more COVID-19 patients.