Coronavirus cases and fatalities in Canada
The number is based on confirmed diagnostic tests. It is very likely that the true number of COVID-19 cases is higher as many cases are asymptomatic.
New COVID-19 cases and fatalities per day in Canada
This is a good indicator of “flattening the curve” — when there is a steady decreasing trend, it is an indicator that the spread of the disease is slowing down.
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Risk to Canadians
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.
We continue to reassess the public health risk based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.
Who is most at risk
While COVID-19 can make anyone sick, some Canadians with specific health circumstances are at an increased risk of more severe outcomes, including individuals:
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
In addition, social and economic circumstances may also be a factor in identifying someone who is vulnerable to COVID-19. This includes anyone who has:
- economic barriers
- difficulty accessing transportation
- difficulty accessing medical care or health advice
- unstable employment or inflexible working conditions
- insecure, inadequate, or nonexistent housing conditions
- ongoing specialized medical care or needs specific medical supplies
- social or geographic isolation, like in remote and isolated communities
- difficulty reading, speaking, understanding or communicating
- ongoing supervision needs or support for maintaining independence
- difficulty doing preventive activities, like frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes
Coronavirus in Canada News:
- October 20, 2020PM chancing snap election over Conservative motion
The federal government appears willing to go to the polls over the Conservatives proposing the creation of a new parliamentary committee to probe Liberal controversies including the WE Charity affair, …
- October 19, 2020Ottawa police officer Daniel Montsion found not guilty on all charges in death of Abdirahman Abdi
Ottawa Police Const. Daniel Montsion has been found not guilty on charges of manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in the death of Abdirahman Abdi.
- October 20, 2020Some Canadians never received 'one-time key' for COVID Alert app after positive coronavirus test
Some Canadians who tested positive for COVID-19 are reporting that they never received a ‘one-time key,’ a unique code to enter the test results into COVID Alert in order for the federal exposure noti …
- October 20, 2020Trudeau family to skip trick-or-treating, citing need to follow local health advice
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his family will follow the advice of local public health authorities to skip out on Halloween trick-or-treating this year, amid mounting frustration over conflicting …
- October 20, 2020Ontario records another significant spike in new COVID-19 cases
Ontario is reporting another spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases, recording more than 800 new infections.
- October 20, 2020Why Canadians can't look away from the U.S. presidential election
It’s a reflex many Canadians can’t shake; watching the U.S. election campaign is like rubber-necking a car crash across the highway.
- October 20, 2020Ont. musician Tom Wilson arrested, charged for visiting Six Nations land defenders
Hamilton musician Tom Wilson says he was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police last week after visiting the disputed McKenzie Meadows housing development site to deliver food and perform for families.
- October 20, 2020U.K. government signs contract for first coronavirus human challenge studies
The U.K. government has signed a contract for the first human challenge studies for the novel coronavirus, in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with the virus in a controlled setting, …
- October 20, 2020Trump says Fauci is 'terrific guy' but not 'team player'
A day after claiming that the American people are tired of listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci, U.S. President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that he gets along with the nation’s top infectious disease spec …
- October 20, 2020Scientists raise alarm over signs of vaccine 'hesitancy'
Scientists called for urgent action to improve public trust in immunization as research suggested sizeable minorities in some nations may be reluctant to be vaccinated against COVID-19.