Canada is still on an embarrassing path for new COVID-19 infections as the number of cases continues to rise, the country’s top doctor said Saturday.
Recent infection rates Dr Theresa Tom said Canada would touch 10,000 new cases a day by next month.
“If we continue at the current pace, our long-range models continue to anticipate a significant increase in daily case counts and are expected to register 10,000 cases per day by mid-December,” Tom said in a written statement.
“Right now, we have the opportunity to work with public health officials to bring the infection rate on a safe trajectory.”
Canada is currently recording cascades at half the level, with a recent seven-day average between November 20 and November 26 at 5,335.
Canada has an average of 76 deaths per day and more than 2,100 people die in hospital, Tom said.
People over the age of 80 and over face the highest COVID-19 mortality rate in Canada, and it is now spreading on a large scale in long-term care facilities, hospitals, group living settings, indigenous communities and remote areas, she said.
“The consequences are far-reaching, such as making countless Canadians terminally ill, causing serious disruptions to health services and significant challenges to areas that are not adequately prepared to handle complex medical emergencies,” Tom said.
Her assessment came as the number of cases was rising in several states.
Quebec set a new single-day record 1,480 new infections Saturday The regional death toll has crossed the 7,000 limit.
Alberta also broke his own record, It reported 1,731 new cases of the virus Saturday. It also counted five new deaths.
Ontario logged in case numbers Shame on Friday’s ODI record for reporting 1,822 new diagnoses in the last 24 hours.
The number of cases in Manitoba has also risen sharply, with authorities registering 487 new infections and 10 new deaths.
Authorities said the dead included a boy less than 10 years old, although they did not provide other details.
Of the 197 COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, one death was reported on Saturday.
The province ordered team sports to be suspended until Dec. 17 earlier this week after COVID-19 cases were confirmed on several small and recreational hockey teams.
The Saskatchewan suspension applies to hockey and curling leagues and dance studios.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority on Saturday posted notices about COVID-19 exposure risks at curling and recreation centers at Christopher Lake and Shelbrook. Those doing curling or socializing at both facilities during the past month should be self-isolated for 14 days.
In British Columbia, Fraser Health announced the closure of an elementary school in Surrey after confirming 16 COVID-19 cases.
Newton Elementary School will be closed for two weeks, Fraser Health said.
BC registered 911 Kovid-19 cases on Friday. The province will update its numbers on Monday.
BC Premier John Jగrgen, a newly-appointed member of the cabinet, said people should stay away from physical distance, wash their hands often and stay home as long as possible.
“I think it is very important that we are thoughtful and diligent, but at the same time it is very difficult for people to follow the rules, because it is very necessary to keep our schools open and our business as open as possible,” said Ravi Kahlan, whose ministry has a financial recovery.
Statistics from New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador show an increase of four and two cases, respectively.
Prince Edward Island reported two new cases of COVID-19, but among them were young men aged 10 and 19 years.
There were 14 new cases in Nova Scotia and five in Nunavut.
Tom doubled their calls for Canadians to ignore public health advice, limit their social interactions, and practice physical distance in an effort to contain the growing number of cases.
This report of the Canadian Press was first published on November 28, 2020.