New COVID-19 cases have dropped 80 per cent — and 5.3 million more shots are set to arrive next week

New COVID-19 cases have dropped 80 per cent — and 5.3 million more shots are set to arrive next week

After months of mostly bad news, Canada's chief public health officer said today the country's COVID-19 trajectory has improved dramatically and an anticipated flood of doses should put the country "on the path back to the things we miss." As of Friday, Canada was averaging about 1,500 new cases a day — an 80 per cent decline from two months ago and a number comparable to the caseload reported in mid-October, before the deadly winter surge, according to data provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Since peaking in mid-April, new cases, hospitalizations and deaths nationwide have drastically declined. Over 27.7 million vaccine doses have been administered across Canada and 2.6 million doses were given in the past week alone, Dr. Theresa Tam said. About 72 per cent of all Canadians over the age of 12 have been partially vaccinated and 11.8 per cent have had both doses. "As Canada steps into the vaccination fast lane, there is a lot for us to take pride in," Tam said. "We're in a good position," said Dr. Howard Njoo, Tam's …
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