The Public Health Agency of Canada predicts up to 60,000 cases of COVID-19 per day in the country by the end of the year if Canadians ever increase their number of contacts per day.
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In the past seven days, that number has been a little below 5,000.
The organization is to announce this at a press briefing Friday morning in Ottawa.
Public health estimates that if the daily contacts remain the same as now, the number of COVID cases could still climb to around 20,000 per day by the end of December.
If Canadians decrease their number of contacts, then cases would remain around the current 5,000.
The figures obtained by TVA Nouvelles also show that the percentage of people declared positive is 6% at the moment. With the same number of tests, it was 2% at the end of September.
Moreover, while people aged 80 and over are still the most at risk of catching COVID-19 (11 cases in 100,000), adults aged 20 to 39 follow very closely (10 cases per 100,000 ).
The main sources of infection in the country are in retirement homes. Outbreaks in schools with risk of community contamination are also closely monitored.
In addition, indigenous communities are seeing the number of cases increase rapidly.
Hospitalizations on the rise in Manitoba
Manitoba has seen the most significant increase in the number of hospitalizations lately with about 17 per 100,000 population. This figure was 5 per 100,000 inhabitants less than a month ago.
Quebec has maintained its figures around 5 per 100,000 inhabitants since mid-October.
The Public Health Agency of Canada this holiday season therefore invites Canadians to continue their personal efforts in the fight against COVID and:
- Follow the instructions of the local authorities
- Limit non-essential outings and contacts
- Stay as much as possible in your bubble
- Organize a safe holiday season by being creative to keep in touch with loved ones