May 26 COVID-19 Update

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Nova Scotia Update:
1 new death
1 new hospitalization (7 total)
0 new ICU cases (3 total)
2 new cases (1053 total)
573 tests done
2 new recoveries (976 total)
18 active cases (-1, 1.71% of cases are active, 98.29% are concluded)

NS has 1 new death today. It was a female in her 80s with underlying medical conditions from the Central region. She was not in LTC, making her the first death not related to LTC since April 25. All 3 non-LTC deaths in NS have been aged 80+. 52/59 (88%) NS deaths are from Northwood and 56/59 (95%) are from long term care in general (11 different facilities have reported cases, just Northwood with active cases). Whilst today's death is tragic (as are all of course), outside of LTC, the story is the same - NS continues to perform very well day after day with just 1 death in the last month and limited, if any new cases. Yesterday, 573 tests were completed with just 2 new cases reported. 98.29% of ALL cases since day 1 are now concluded. As of today, there are just 18 active cases in TOTAL, just 3 of which are outside LTC.

From the press release today:
“It is always important that the people of Nova Scotia adhere strictly to public health ordinances and directives, that is, to adopt good hygienic measures, to remain at a distance of two meters or six feet from anyone who does not part of your household or your family unit and limit the social gatherings planned to five people or less if these people are not part of your household or your family unit.”

- NS has 59 deaths, making the death rate 59/1M population
- Canada's rate sitting at 174/1M
- Global rate is 44.7/1M
- US rate is 299/1M
- Austria rate is 73/1M
- *Spain is 572/1M
- Sweden is 394/1M

Notable points for today:
- Spain's rate of increase is just 0.19%. Their rate of increase is now at or under 1% for the 23rd straight day and 10th day in a row at 0.5% or less! *Spain's Ministry of Health has rectified the total number of deaths in the country: 2,000 less than previously reported. This is due, according to the Ministry, to the validation of the autonomous regions and the adaptation to the new surveillance strategy.
- Austria had 1 death. They are at 23 days under 1% including 16/17 under 0.5%.
- The rate of increase in Canada ticked up but still under 2%. This marks 11 days in a row at 2.1% or less.
- The US rate of increase dropped to just 0.5%, and are at 18 days in a row under 2.12%. This is their lowest daily death toll since March 30 and lowest rate of increase since this began.
- Sweden's increase inched up but still well under 1%, meaning 14 of the last 17 days are under 2% including 9 of the last 10.
- This is the lowest rate of increase for the globe I can recall, with an increase in death overall of just 0.2/1M population. It's typically been in the 0.5-0.8 range daily, occasionally higher.

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