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Canada shatters daily case record with over 3,400 more coronavirus infections – Global News

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Canada added a record-breaking number of new coronavirus cases on Friday, as provinces and territories tallied more than 3,400 infections.

Friday’s data brings Canada’s total COVID-19 number of cases to 231,753. Another 36 deaths were also reported, with the country’s death toll now standing at 10,110.

Though 156 of the 3,452 cases announced Friday were historical rather than newly diagnosed, the number of cases reported over the last 24 hours shatters the Oct. 25 record of 3,004 new cases.

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To date, more than 11.5 million tests for the virus have been administered across the country, while over 193,900 patients have recovered from COVID-19.

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At a press conference in Ottawa Friday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam unveiled new modelling on the pandemic’s trajectory.

According to Tam, the pandemic could be brought under control if Canadians were to reduce their contact with each other by 25 per cent.

“If we increase, or if even maintain our current rate of contact, the epidemic in Canada is forecast to continue increasing steeply,” Tam said.

The modelling also suggested that Canada’s death toll from the virus could potentially reach 10,400 by Nov. 8, with the country’s case total ranging between 251,800 and 262,000 by then.


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Coronavirus: Tam says increasing number of outbreaks linked to superspreader events

Several provinces reported record-breaking numbers of new cases during their daily COVID-19 updates on Friday.

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Alberta reported a new daily high case case count of 622 on Friday, as well as another five deaths. The data bring the province’s total COVID-19 infections to 27,664 and its death toll to 323. This is the first time the province has surpassed over 600 new cases in a 24-hour period.

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Manitoba recorded a staggering 480 new infections Friday. The total more than doubles the previous record of 193 cases, which was set just a day earlier. An unknown number of the province’s cases are considered probable, however.

The cases, which were announced along with three more deaths, bring the province’s total diagnosis count to 5,374. The Winnipeg area has been moved to level red under the province’s COVID-19 response system in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.


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Ontario added 896 cases of the virus on Friday, along with nine more deaths. The province’s total number of COVID-19 infections now stands at 74,715 confirmed cases, and its death toll stands at 3,127.

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Quebec announced 952 new cases on Friday, though 156 were previously unreported infections from before July 27. The cases bring the province’s total number of infections to 104,952.

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Another 18 deaths were also reported by the province Friday, though only four had occurred in the past 24 hours. Quebec remains Canada’s hardest-hit province, with its death toll from the virus standing at 6,231.

Yukon reported its first ever coronavirus-related death on Friday as well. To date, a total of 23 people have been diagnosed in the territory, though 17 have recovered.

Atlantic Canada also saw several new cases on Friday, with New Brunswick adding one infection and Nova Scotia reporting two new cases during their daily updates.

Over 45,466,000 people have been infected with the virus worldwide, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. To date, over 1,186,900 lives have been claimed by the virus, with the United States, Brazil and India leading in both cases and deaths globally.

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With files from Kerri Breen

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It’s ‘unknown’ when Canada will reach herd immunity from coronavirus vaccine: Tam – Global News

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The percentage of the Canadian population that needs to be vaccinated in order to reach widespread immunity against the coronavirus is unknown, according to Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

Speaking at a media conference Friday, Tam was asked what entails a “successful vaccine campaign,” in order to determine when the population reaches herd immunity.

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“Nobody actually knows the level of vaccine coverage to achieve community immunity or herd immunity,” Tam explained. “We have an assumption that you will probably need 60 to 70 per cent of people to be vaccinated. But we don’t know that for sure … that’s modelling. Lots of these calculations are being done but bottom line is that we actually don’t know.”

The end goal, Tam added, is to vaccinate as many Canadian as quickly as possible.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), herd immunity is when a population can be protected from a certain virus, like COVID-19, if a threshold of vaccination is reached. It’s achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it, the WHO added.

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However, the percentage of people needed to be vaccinated in order to create herd immunity depends on the disease.

For example, herd immunity against measles requires about 95 per cent of a population to be vaccinated and for polio, the threshold is about 80 per cent, the WHO stated.


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Tam previously told Global News in November that Canada is still nowhere near herd immunity with the coronavirus.

“We’re only at a few percentage points in terms of the immunity in our population. That leaves over 90 per cent of the population, or 95 per cent of the population still vulnerable,” Tam said.

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Canada is currently battling a severe second wave of COVID-19 cases. Officials are urging people to remain vigilant in stopping the spread of the virus, despite the promising vaccine news.

Canada expects the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in January, which will go to the country’s most vulnerable populations.

Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he hopes to see the “majority” of Canadians vaccinated by September, though he did not specify exactly what that means as far as a percentage of the population.

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It’s ‘unknown’ when Canada will reach herd immunity from coronavirus vaccine: Tam – Global News

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The percentage of the Canadian population that needs to be vaccinated in order to reach widespread immunity against the coronavirus is unknown, according to Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

Speaking at a media conference Friday, Tam was asked what entails a “successful vaccine campaign,” in order to determine when the population reaches herd immunity.

READ MORE: Canada is nowhere near herd immunity to the novel coronavirus as second wave surges, Tam says

“Nobody actually knows the level of vaccine coverage to achieve community immunity or herd immunity,” Tam explained. “We have an assumption that you will probably need 60 to 70 per cent of people to be vaccinated. But we don’t know that for sure … that’s modelling. Lots of these calculations are being done but bottom line is that we actually don’t know.”

The end goal, Tam added, is to vaccinate as many Canadian as quickly as possible.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), herd immunity is when a population can be protected from a certain virus, like COVID-19, if a threshold of vaccination is reached. It’s achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it, the WHO added.

[ Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates ]

However, the percentage of people needed to be vaccinated in order to create herd immunity depends on the disease.

For example, herd immunity against measles requires about 95 per cent of a population to be vaccinated and for polio, the threshold is about 80 per cent, the WHO stated.


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Canada is nowhere near herd immunity to the coronavirus as second wave surges: Tam – Nov 1, 2020

Tam previously told Global News in November that Canada is still nowhere near herd immunity with the coronavirus.

“We’re only at a few percentage points in terms of the immunity in our population. That leaves over 90 per cent of the population, or 95 per cent of the population still vulnerable,” Tam said.

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Read more:
Two shots. A waiting period. Why the coronavirus vaccine won’t be a quick fix

Canada is currently battling a severe second wave of COVID-19 cases. Officials are urging people to remain vigilant in stopping the spread of the virus, despite the promising vaccine news.

Canada expects the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in January, which will go to the country’s most vulnerable populations.

Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he hopes to see the “majority” of Canadians vaccinated by September, though he did not specify exactly what that means as far as a percentage of the population.

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Canada surpasses 400000 total COVID-19 cases

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OTTAWA —
Canada has now recorded more than 400,000 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the global pandemic.

Today’s bleak marker came after Saskatchewan reported 283 new cases of the virus today, bringing the national tally to 400,030.

The speed at which Canada reached the 400,000 mark is the latest sign of the accelerating pace of the pandemic across the country.

Canada recorded its 300,000th case of COVID-19 18 days ago on Nov. 16.

It took six months for Canada to record its first 100,000 cases of COVID-19, four months to reach the 200,000 threshold and less than a month to arrive at 300,000.

Canada’s national death toll from the virus currently stands at 12,470.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 4, 2020.

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