There have been 903,233 cases of COVID-19 in Canada since the outbreak began, with 22,404 deaths. The vast majority of Canadians are still at risk of contracting the disease.
Vaccination is gaining popularity as a means of achieving widespread and long-lasting immunity.
As part of the scale-up of testing and screening, the Government of Canada has procured and distributed over 24 million rapid tests to provinces and territories as an additional layer of protection.
The Public Health Agency of Canada provides regular updates to Canadians on vaccines administered, vaccination coverage, and ongoing vaccine safety monitoring across the country. According to Dr. Andrew Simor of the Public Health Association of Canada, the pandemic continues to cause stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have easy access to their regular support networks.
To support the response, he says it’s critical to get the right tests to the right people at the right time. Vaccination programs are continuing to expand across Canada, according to the agency, and there are opportunities for safe and effective vaccination program adjustments to protect the entire adult population in a short period of time.
In Canada, there are currently 30,781 active COVID-19 cases. The age group of 20-39 years old is now the most infected.
The emergence and spread of certain SARS-CoV-2 virus variants is causing concern among public health officials. To avoid a rapid shift in the epidemic’s trajectory, we must all remain vigilant with public health measures, according to Dr. Andrew Simor, health officer with the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Between February 28 and March 6, an average of 104,332 tests were completed daily across Canada, with 2.9 percent of them being positive.
During the most recent 7-day period, an average of 2,056 people with COVID-19 were treated in Canadian hospitals (Mar 5-11). During the same time period, an average of 31 COVID-19-related deaths per day were reported. It will be critical to maintain a high level of caution as vaccine programs begin to ramp up.
Canadians are urged to remain vigilant, to follow local public health advice, and to maintain personal practices that protect us and our families.