As Canada continues to grapple with rising coronavirus case numbers, the country’s chief public health officer said on Friday that schools and social gatherings are now two big sources of new outbreaks.
“The pattern of outbreaks has been shifting during the course of the pandemic,” said Dr. Teresa Tam during a press conference where officials released new modelling data on the virus. “An increasing number of outbreaks are being linked to private social gatherings, such as weddings, funerals, or formal family gatherings.”
Health officials also released data showing that school settings are a contributing cause of outbreaks.
The federal government’s latest short-term forecast of COVID-19 shows a continuation of the virus’ growth. Cumulative cases are predicted to reach between 251,800 and 262,000 by November 8. They predict cumulative deaths to reach between 10,285 and 10,400 in the same time period.
They added that reducing contacts by 25% can help to curb the second wave.
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According to the latest forecast, a stronger response is needed now to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“If we increase or even maintain our current rate of contact with others, the epidemic in Canada is forecasted to continue increasing steeply,” said Tam.