COVID-19 pandemic now far worse than first wave peak: Tam

New COVID-19 predictions unveiledLiveStreams8 minutes agoVideoLive

New COVID-19 predictions unveiledLiveStreams8 minutes agoVideoLive

If Canadians increase contact with others outside their household, daily case counts nationally could skyrocket to 60,000 a day.

If socialization increases, the projections indicate that as 2020 draws to a close, Canada could see twelvefold increase from the current level of around 5,000 cases per day.

In the coming week and a half, short-term growth of case numbers and deaths is expected, hitting 378,600 patients and 12,120 total fatalities among our population of more than 37.5 million people by December 1.

The modelling, set to be released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), shows a worst-case scenario of 60,000 new cases per day if social contacts rise, the Globe and Mail newspaper and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. -Canada border closure to non-essential travel was first imposed in March to limit the spread of the virus.

Tam also said the country is aiming for the blue line of the trajectory.

"To date, there are about 52,000 active cases in Canada, and despite having over 315,000 cumulative cases, less than one per cent of the population across the country has tested positive for COVID-19 to date", Tam said Friday.

Sia Drops 'Hey Boy,' Song From Her Directorial Debut Movie, 'Music'
Sia's kind of the queen of creativity so it makes flawless sense that as a director her first feature film would fit the bill. Sia will also release a new album alongside the film, featuring 10 original songs performed by the cast.

Over the past seven days, there has been an average of almost 5,000 new cases daily nationwide, with Ontario, the most populous province, accounting for more than one fifth of them.

The Chief Public Health officer notes many outbreaks are linked to social gatherings of families and friends were restrictions are not adhered to.

Tam stressed the "urgency to quickly bring infection rates down across the country".

In unveiling the new forecasts, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said the second wave is much bigger than the first, with widespread community transmission, including now in many schools and long-term-care homes.

But Tam and her deputy Dr. Howard Njoo warned that cases arising in the Atlantic are concerning them too, like in Nova Scotia where authorities haven't been able to track the source of many new infections. Thankfully, recovery rates remain high, around 80 per cent nationwide while the newest cases are still considered ill.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.