OTTAWA, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Canada's COVID-19 cases continue to surge on Saturday as the two populous provinces Quebec and Ontario recorded a single-day surge of new infections respectively.
Quebec reported 1,279 new cases on Saturday, more than any single day since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in February. The previous high mark was Oct. 2, when 1,161 people tested positive.
The province's government urged Quebecers to shrink their social circles even further as the province reported another 1,055 new cases on Friday.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported 805 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday after four days of cases numbers in the 700s.
As of Saturday noon, Canada reported a total of 193,581 cases of COVID-19 and 9,721 deaths, according to CTV.
The total could be more as some provinces and territories in the country do not report new cases over the weekend.
As of Friday, an average of 2,310 cases were being reported daily across Canada over a seven-day period, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada on Satuday.
"As we can see from the current disease activity, each part of the country is experiencing the pandemic differently. I recognise that this can cause uncertainty about what action is needed to keep us all safer," said Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, in a statement on Saturday.
Several provinces in the country are looking to ramp up COVID-19 restrictions as new hot spots crop up, pushing Canada's caseload closer to the 200,000 mark.