New federal forecasts venture that COVID-19 variants may gas a surge of 20,000 new circumstances per day by mid-March if public well being restrictions are relaxed additional.
The Public Well being Company of Canada launched modelling right now suggesting that whereas infections proceed to say no nationally, the unfold of virus mutations threatens to reverse that progress.
Canada’s chief public well being officer says there are at present fewer than 33,000 lively circumstances in Canada, a 60 per cent drop in comparison with a month in the past.
However with COVID-19 variants detected in 10 provinces, Dr. Theresa Tam says Canada might not be capable to keep away from a fast acceleration of the epidemic with out continued vigilance.
Even with present restrictions, the unfold of the variants may push Canada’s caseload to greater than 10,000 new diagnoses per day by April, in accordance with the projections.
However the forecasts recommend that Canada may management the outbreak with enhanced public well being measures.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 19, 2021.
The Canadian Press