Canada's two most populous provinces are reporting declines in COVID-19-related hospitalizations today as one of them prepares to lift a ban on Sunday shopping meant to curb the virus's spread.
Both Ontario and Quebec are reporting a drop in the number of patients in hospital due to COVID-19, with decreases of 229 and 12 patients respectively, but still have more than 7,000 hospitalizations between them as of today.
The numbers come as most Quebec stores reopen their doors on Sundays following a three-week ban imposed by the government in a bid to limit hospitalizations.
Quebec is also set to expand its vaccination passport program as of Monday, making it mandatory to show proof of immunization in order to enter a number of retail settings.
They include big-box and grocery stores with areas of 1,500 square metres or more.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam issued a tweet today saying vaccines and virus treatments are keeping Canadians better protected against the ongoing pandemic even as she predicted more difficult weeks ahead.