TORONTO — Reported daily COVID-19 caseloads in Canada could reach unprecedented highs later this month if current levels of virus transmission are not reduced, new federal modelling data shows.
On the eve of the Labour Day weekend, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam took aim at young adults, describing an “urgent need” for more people between the ages of 18 and 39 to get vaccinated in order to prevent a rapid worsening of Canada’s COVID-19 situation.
She also called on all Canadians to limit their contacts as summer comes to a close, sending many back to schools and workplaces.
“Right now is not the time to gather in huge numbers with people that are not in your household, without taking significant layers of protection,” she said on Friday at a press conference.
The modelling data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) suggests that if public health measures are able to reduce the level of transmission across the country by 25 per cent, the fourth wave of the pandemic could soon plateau at a lower daily infection rate than the peaks of the second and third waves.
PHAC reports that Canada is experiencing “ongoing rapid acceleration” of COVID-19 activity, including in cases causing severe illness.
This is a breaking news update. More details to come.