The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have settled across Canada, according to Canada’s Public Health Agency officials, though they warn that public health measures must be maintained to keep COVID-19 cases at bay.
New modeling presented by PHAC on Friday suggests that if current transmission levels are maintained, the number of new daily cases could fall in the coming weeks.
The progress has not even been across Canada, officials say, but overall the numbers give “cause for optimism”, says Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Head of Public Health.
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“With the level of vaccine coverage we have achieved so far in Canada, we are much better protected as we enter the season of respiratory infection, and today’s model update shows that by maintaining basic and less restrictive measures such as masking and limiting close contact, we could reduce the impact of COVID-19 this winter, ”said Tam.
For the first time since mid-July, the reproduction rate for COVID-19 has dropped to a total, she noted — meaning the pandemic is no longer growing.
But if the transmission increases by only 15 percent in the next few months, there could be a significant resurgence of the virus this winter, she warned.
Case counts across Canada while leveled are still high, officials said. Infection rates are “extremely high” in some areas, they added.
“We are far from declaring the pandemic over,” said Dr. Howard Njoo, Deputy Chief of Public Health.
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