Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1,045,278 cases of COVID-19 reported in Canada, including 68,010 active cases and 23,251 deaths.
In the absence of improved public health and individual measures, the Government of Canada’s longer-term forecast presentation on March 26th predicted a strong resurgence. To flatten the curve of infections where more contagious variants of concern are circulating, community-based restrictions and strict adherence to individual measures will be required.
The rise in severe and critical illnesses is putting additional strain on the healthcare system and workforce. The most recent national-level data show a daily average of 6,873 new cases every week.
As of April 8, a total of 24,995 cases of the variant of concern had been reported throughout Canada. Canadians are urged to remain vigilant and to heed local public health advice. If you have any symptoms, stay at home or isolate yourself, consider the risks, and reduce non-essential activities.