A pedestrian wearing a mask walks past a Brooks Brothers store front that was closed during the COVID-19 crisis in Vancouver, Canada on May 6, 2020.
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Canada is experiencing a second wave of Coronavirus Cases in which the provinces of Quebec and Ontario are reporting the majority of the death toll from Covid-19, the Pan American Health Organization’s chief health official warned on Wednesday.
“Canada is currently facing its second wave and areas that were previously unaffected are now outperforming the first wave,” said Carissa Etienne, PAHO director and World Health Organization regional director for America, at a press conference.
“The state of the pandemic in America remains complex,” she said.
According to a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, cases of new Covid-19 in Canada were up more than 6% on Tuesday compared to a week ago, based on an average of seven days around the daily jumps balance in reporting.
During its peak in April, Canada reported around 1,700 new cases a day on average, but was able to drop that number to just a few hundred by mid-July. Since then, according to Johns Hopkins, cases have increased across Canada, where more than 2,200 new cases are currently reported daily.
Almost 80% of all cases in Canada come from Ontario and Quebec, the two most populous provinces. The coronavirus has killed nearly 9,000 people in the two provinces combined, accounting for around 93% of the country’s total death toll, according to the Canadian government Data.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said late last Week in which the recent surge in cases has put “tremendous pressure” on hospitals and health care workers who are “becoming increasingly overwhelmed”. He also urged residents not to gather during the nation’s Thanksgiving celebrations on Monday.
“We are at a turning point in this pandemic,” Trudeau said at a news conference on Friday, adding that Canada’s second wave was “underway.”
Ontario officials ordered Indoor gyms, cinemas, casinos, performing arts venues, and indoor eateries and restaurants and other establishments that are closed for a minimum of 28 days on weekends in Ottawa, Peel and Toronto
The government warned Ontario of “worst-case scenarios in northern Italy and New York City” if trends continue. Reuters reported Friday.
“You need to watch the situation very closely,” PAHO deputy director Jarbas Barbosa said during the press conference Wednesday, noting that Ontario has already adjusted its strategies in the area and warned residents of the sharp increase in cases.
However, if residents don’t heed the warnings, the province could likely “see a scenario similar to New York and Italy,” he added.