Coronavirus unfold in Canada is slowing, hotspots stay


OTTAWA — The unfold of the novel coronavirus in Canada has slowed considerably, and 90% of the COVID-19 circumstances previously two weeks have been within the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, public well being information confirmed on Thursday.

“The info reveals that we’re persevering with to make progress within the struggle towards this virus,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated in his day by day information convention.

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“We’re not out of the woods. The pandemic continues to be threatening the well being and security of Canadians,” he stated, including that the state of affairs in long-term care and seniors houses “stays critical.”

Residents of long-term care and seniors’ houses accounted for 18% of complete circumstances and 82% of deaths, the Public Well being Company stated. Congregate dwelling and dealing settings, together with meat and poultry crops, proceed to drive case counts.

Nonetheless, two of Canada’s three territories and the province of Prince Edward Island on the Atlantic coast presently haven’t any group transmission, and the third territory Nunavut has not had a single case.

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“Canada flattened the curve earlier than various international locations such because the UK, Italy and U.S.,” the company stated.

The coronavirus-related demise toll, which was 7,543 on Thursday, will rise to between 7,700 and 9,400 by June 15, in keeping with up to date modeling launched on Thursday.

The whole variety of circumstances by June 15 was projected to be between 97,990 and 107,454. Complete circumstances on Thursday had been 93,441.

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There was no up to date projection for what the demise toll could be on the finish of the pandemic. On the finish of April, it was projected at between four,000 and 44,000.

As public well being restrictions put in place in March are step by step lifted throughout the nation, there’ll should be elevated efforts at sustaining bodily distancing, testing and speak to tracing or the epidemic may “rebound,” the company stated. (Reporting by Steve Scherer Enhancing by Chizu Nomiyama and Invoice Berkrot)

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