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Total number of deaths (all-causes) per week in Canada, January to March


  • This graph shows the total number of deaths between January to March 2020 compared to the 10-year historical average.

  • Shaded area illustrates there were more (red shade) or fewer (green shade) deaths in 2020 compared to the 10-year historical average.

  • Although difficult to say, one possible reason for the sharp drop in the number of deaths after March 15th MAY be related to social /physical distancing measures implemented across the country resulting in few injuries causing death (e.g. fewer car accidents, work-related injuries, etc.)

  • The data in this chart do not include deaths from Ontario, New Brunswick, Nunavut, and Yukon. 

  • The first death attributed to COVID-19 in Canada was reported on March 8, 2020, in British Columbia. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, there were 27 and 96 reported deaths in Canada related to COVID-19 as of March 24 and March 31, 2020.