TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada is on track to record 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day by the end of December, several media reported late Thursday, citing new modeling data due for release on Friday..
The modeling, due to be released by Public Health Canada (PHAC), shows a 60-year worst-case scenario. 000 new cases per day if social contacts increase, Globe and Mail and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
Forecasts indicate a sharp increase in daily cases from the current level. The Canadian national average reached 4,788 new cases between November. 12th and November. 18, according to government data released Thursday.
PHAC declined to comment on the reports and referred to an earlier statement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding upcoming modeling submissions for opposition parties earlier on Thursday..
Canada reported 315,751 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, an increase of 4,642 cases from the previous day, and 11,265 deaths, an increase of 79.
Cases have seen a steady rise across Canada for weeks, with many provinces that have been relatively successful in curbing large-scale outbreaks in the first wave now have very large numbers.
Doctors say hospitals in Manitoba, in central Canada, are close to being overwhelmed. .
Provinces began imposing new restrictions and closures, as Manitoba on Thursday banned all social gatherings and forbade stores from selling anything other than essential goods.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford said earlier this week that his county is « staring at another locking barrel » as Canada’s most populous province sees its hospital system approaching the point of having to start canceling surgeries. Not necessary.
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