Canadian public health officials are expected to provide an update on Canada’s COVID-19 situation and its ongoing vaccine rollout.
Last Friday, officials warned the country is likely at the start of a Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news comes on the heels of an upward trend in cases across Canada which, if vaccine uptake doesn’t increase in younger groups, could eventually exceed health-care system capacity.
A long range epidemic forecast “suggests we are at the start of the Delta driven fourth wave,” Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters. But, she added, “that the trajectory will depend on ongoing increase in fully vaccinated coverage and the timing, pace and extent of reopening.”
The doctor also said Canada’s COVID-19 case count is 93 per cent lower than during the peak of its third wave, but there is still some resurgence as public health measures are loosened across the country.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said, citing an internal CDC document.
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