15 March

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 119,956,000, with over 2,655,000 deaths and 78,845,000 recoveries.

The US leads the world in confirmed Covid-19 cases with over 29,439,000 confirmed cases and is followed by Brazil, which has overtaken India in second most confirmed cases globally with over 11,483,000 confirmed cases.

Rounding out the top ten are Russia, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Germany. Official Covid-19 deaths follow a similar pattern, with the US leading all countries, followed by Brazil, Mexico, India, the UK, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, and Spain.

In Canada, the declining number of active cases has plateaued over the last week, worrying health officials as the number of infections from variants of concern (VOC) have increased by over 1,300 since 4 March.

Moreover, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer re-emphasized the need for structural change across the health sector after outlining this priority in the Public Health Agency of Canada ’s 2020 annual report.

This call comes as the agency admitted its failure to protect the most vulnerable such as seniors, the homeless, low-income groups, and marginalized racial groups such as the indigenous community.

In Manitoba alone, nearly 70% of the cases came from First Nations people despite only comprising 10% of the population.

Walter Gabriel, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData Plc.