During his daily national address to the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the updated federal projection figures for the COVID-19 cases in Canada.
According to those figures, the spread of the virus appears to be slowing down, but Trudeau says that the pandemic threat is still alive.
The update for these figures is a result of provinces reporting a decrease in cases as they begin the reopening process for schools, parks, and the rest of the economy. Ontario and Quebec are exempt from this, as these two provinces are struggling to get their case numbers to the desired targets.
The data shows that we are continuing to make progress in the fight against this virus, particularly in terms of public Health. In many communities, the number of new cases is low and we can trace where they came from. This is a good sign that our efforts to keep people healthy are working.
He went on to say that the lower case numbers are an encouraging sign, but that the pandemic is far from over.
“I want to be very clear we’re not out of the woods. The pandemic is still threatening the health and safety of Canadians”.
At the end of April, the Canadian government estimated that the country was on the path to having between 53,196 and 66,835 cases, and between 3,277 and 3,883 deaths by May 5. By that date, Canada had more than 62,000 cases and a reported 4,166 deaths.
Trudeau has gone on to say that Canada needs to do a better job of testing and contact tracing in order to prevent further outbreaks.
The federal COVID-19 response briefing
During the briefing in Ottawa this morning, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and colleague Dr. Howard Njoo addressed the updated modelling on the amount of COVID-19 cases and deaths Canada may see in the next few weeks.
According to the new figures, Canada may potentially see case numbers between 97,990 and 107,454 and deaths that could range between 7,700 and 9,400. The estimated numbers are predicted to be met by June 15.
Further reports show that provinces are having different experiences when it comes to the pandemic. According to said report, Ontario and Quebec account for more than 90 percent of the COVID-19 cases in the country.
For Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon have had no cases attributed to community transmission, and that Nunavut has no cases to report.
The latest numbers are still indicating that the virus is prevalent for Canadians located in long-term care and senior homes, as they represent 18 percent of Canada’s confirmed cases and 82 percent of Canada’s reported deaths.
The update also states that those who were age 60 and up made up 94 percent of the countries reported deaths. Further reports have shown that the same age demographic represented 71 percent of the 8,742 hospital admissions and 61 percent of the 1,721 ICU admissions.
Doctors were able to confirm that the health measures the country put in place have been effective for controlling the spread of the virus, but has also warned that lifting the measures now would result in a rebound of the epidemic, setting back all the work done so far.
Canada COVID-19 Stats
Confirmed cases: 93,700
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