SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories

COVID-19 still on ‘rapid growth trajectory’: Canada’s public health agency

New modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic from the Public Health Agency of Canada says the country is still on a “rapid growth trajectory” as cases of the illness increase.

The projections released today anticipate at least 90,000 more diagnoses by Christmas Day, and potentially as many as 135,000.

They also forecast between 1,300 and 1,800 more deaths in the next two weeks.

The health agency says the curve can be bent downward if Canadians reduce their contacts with others to only the essentials, but if we keep on as we are, the pandemic will continue to get worse in Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 11, 2020.

The Canadian Press