Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam reported this morning that Canada’s number of coronavirus related deaths has reached 10,001.
There are currently 26,422 active cases of the virus being reported across the country.
“Since the first cases were reported in March 2020, there have been 222,887 cases of COVID-19 reported in Canada,” said Tam. “Sadly, we are reporting over ten thousand deaths for the first time today, with 10,001 deaths among the total cases to date.”
Tam said in her statement that the spread of the coronavirus in Canada can be accredited to outbreaks. Many have been found to occur in settings such as long-term care and assisted living facilities, schools, congregate living settings, and industrial work settings, where it is hard to limit gathering and social distancing.
“As hospitalizations and deaths tend to lag behind increased disease activity by one to several weeks, the concern is that we have yet to see the extent of severe impacts associated with the ongoing increase in COVID-19 disease activity,” said Tam.
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➡️#GOC website on #coronavirus disease: https://t.co/8kWHvr0h7S
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— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) October 28, 2020
Provincial and territorial data have indicated that during the most recent seven-day period, an average of 1,095 people with coronavirus have been treated in hospitals across the country each day.
“We are in an unprecedented global pandemic, that really sucks,” said Prime Minister Trudeau on Tuesday. “It’s tough going through this second wave, it’s frustrating.”
According to the federal government, Canadians must work together to sustain the public health response through to the end of the pandemic. Tam says we can all do our part by keeping the number of in-person close contacts low, and committing to proven effective public health practices.