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Statement From the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on August 23, 2020

August 24, 2020
by Public Health Agency of Canada


In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

“There have been 124,629 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 9,071 deaths. 89% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested 5,076,734 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of over 48,700 people were tested daily, with 0.8% testing positive. Over the last several weeks, national daily case counts have ranged from 350 to 500 cases, with an average 380 cases being reported daily during the most recent 7 days.

Together, we have worked hard to drive COVID-19 transmission rates down in Canada and our epidemiological data indicate that we are keeping spread under manageable control. As we continue to reopen our economic and social spaces, we can expect increases in cases and clusters as we’ve seen in recent weeks in jurisdictions across the country but we are continually improving our capacity to manage COVID-19 based on our own experience and the experience of other countries. Together, we can limit the size and impact of these resurgences.

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