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Over 40,000 have died from COVID-19 in Canada, but hospitalizations are falling again

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COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than two years ago, according to provincial data, and more than 70 people are still dying per day.Yet hospitalizations and confirmed cases have fallen over the past two weeks, suggesting the sixth wave may be coming to an end.As of Friday, 40,217 fatalities have been confirmed by provinces and territories to date.

Canada’s COVID-19 death toll could be thousands higher than official count: report Experts have previously said the true death toll could be thousands higher than the official count due to gaps in data collection, suggesting around two-thirds of all COVID-19-related deaths may have been missed.Most provinces have shifted to reporting COVID-19 data weekly, a majority of which report on Thursdays.

The official death toll surpassed 40,000 on May 12, while Ontario and Quebec — which still report daily — added another 48 deaths combined on Friday.The seven-day average of new deaths has hovered around 70 for the past two weeks, plateauing from the near-record of 165 seen during the fifth wave early this year.

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