The Public Health Agency of Canada is saying that almost half of the country’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are from community spread.
This represents a significant shift as the number of Canadians infected from the disease increases across the country.
The next several weeks will be important for the Canadian healthcare system, as hospitals continue to treat patients suffering from severe symptoms.
COVID-19 is now spreading rapidly across Canada, with community spread accounting for most of the new cases.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 44% of confirmed COVID-19 cases are a direct result of community spread, with no known link to travel overseas.
With community spread now a reality in Canada, social distancing is being strongly recommended, keeping two metres away from other people.
Medical officers of health for cities like Toronto have issued strong warnings about community spread, and the risk of transmission to the public.
Canadians are strongly encouraged to take governments’ social distancing requests much more seriously.
TIP OF THE ICEBERG
Two Canadians who have died from COVID-19 had no known travel history to countries with coronavirus outbreaks.
Doctors are of the opinion that COVID-19 have already been spreading in local communities for weeks, with most cases going undetected.
While only a small percentage of those infected become severely ill, the two deaths in the province of Ontario are concerning.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a stern warning to Canadians, to do their part and stay home if possible.
NOTHING IS OFF THE TABLE
With some Canadians still not taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously, Trudeau has said that nothing is off the table, including invoking the Emergency Act, which would give the government additional powers to fight the pandemic.
The Governments of Ontario and Québec have already declared a State of Emergency, closing all businesses that are not classified as an essential business.
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