Coronavirus: COVID-19 transmission "largely under control" in Canada, say federal health officials

Coronavirus: COVID-19 transmission "largely under control" in Canada, say federal health officials

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Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's Deputy Chief Public Health Officer held a technical briefing on Wednesday in which he provided the recent data and modelling numbers for COVID-19 in Canada.

Dr. Njoo said that current patterns of COVID-19 show "limited or no transmission" of the virus in most parts of the country, stressing on the importance of continuing to stay vigilant in order for the epidemic to continue to be under control.

He said that Quebec and Ontario account for 87 per cent of the country's COVID-19 cases and that the reproduction number (RT) of COVID-19 has been below 1 for more than 10 weeks.

In order for the virus transmission to be under control the RT indicator must stay below 1, meaning each case of COVID-19 infects less than one person.

Njoo said the daily numbers of new cases and deaths due to COVID-19 show a "steady decline" in the COVID-19 activity since the peak of the epedimic in late April, concluding that the transmission is largely under control in Canada.

He said that recent small increase of numbers may be explained by outbreaks and community transmission in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

Njoo reported a total of 106,167 COVID-19 cases nationally and 8,711 deaths to date.

He said 66 per cent of the cases have now recovered and labs across Canada have tested over 3 million people by far.

Njoo added that over the past week an average of 38,000 people have been tested daily with 1 per cent of them testing positive.

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