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The number of hospital closures across Canada has surged by 50 per cent since mid-February, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.
The total of 1,932 hospital closures in Canada between Jan. 1 and Feb. 27 was the most since the last update in 2015.
The number is still well below the 3,800 hospitals that were closed as of the end of April, when the previous peak was 6,923.
Statistics Canada said the increase is largely the result of a sharp decline in coronaviruses cases.
The latest figures, released Friday, show that of the total of 6,920 hospital closures, 1,079 were due to COVID-19, the coronaviral virus.
That means the total number of hospitals closed has more than doubled since the end.
At the same time, the number of patients admitted to hospital has decreased, by 2,929, to 1,094, a decrease of 9.4 per cent.
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At least two-thirds of the hospitals that closed were in rural and remote areas.
The numbers for the capital region have also increased, with the number more than doubling since the start of the pandemic, to 3,827.
In comparison, the numbers for Vancouver and Toronto have decreased by 20 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
In a statement, Statistics Canada also said the number is likely to continue to decline over the coming months, due to the arrival of a new wave of patients.
“We expect these numbers to continue declining,” the agency said.