The fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has flattened across Canada, according to officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada, although they have warned that public health measures need to be maintained to keep COVID-19 cases at bay. .
New modeling presented Friday by PHAC suggests that the number of new daily cases could decline in the coming weeks if current transmission levels are maintained.
Officials say progress has not been made across Canada, but overall, the numbers show “reason for optimism,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer.
For the first time since mid-July, the reproduction number of COVID-19 has fallen below one, she noted – meaning the pandemic is no longer progressing.
However, if there is only a 15 percent increase in transmission over the next few months, there could be a substantial resurgence of the virus this winter, she warned.
Officials said case counts across Canada, while they have stopped, are still at high levels. He said the infection rate is “very high” in some areas.
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