Canada has officially registered more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 provinces ramping up to understand the full burden of infection in the country. Ontario health officials announced 173 new cases of new coronavirus on Thursday morning, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of infections in Canada to 100,026.
But the figure is not particularly significant, says Dr. Sandy Buchman, a palliative care physician in Toronto and the president of the Canadian Medical Association.
“It may sound like a milestone but I don’t think it’s really the exact number,” he told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview earlier this month. “The testing was not enough for a long period of time. I hope we get there now, but compared to other countries, we are not there. ”
Since the disease can cause mild symptoms or asymptomatic cases, health experts believe that there are many more cases than having been officially registered. Last month, a group from Montreal researchers identified what it calls “widespread undiagnosed COVID-19-infection” and estimated that there were already more than 500,000 infections in Canada by the end of April, a number that was more than 14 times higher than official documents of the time. Credit researchers have discrepancies in the frequency of testing across the country for discrepancies.
Officials in Canada conducted nearly 2,255,000 tests as of June 17.At the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 test kits were reserved for healthcare workers, those who had traveled abroad, and those with severe symptoms. In recent weeks, availability testing has expanded to those with more mild symptoms across the country, but questions remain as to whether enough people are visiting provincial control centers.
It has been almost 20 weeks since Ontario registered the first country in the country to be suspected of having the virus, which erupted in China late last year. Since then, it has infected more than eight million people and killed more than 440,000 worldwide, including more than 8,250 in Canada. Health officials have confirmed more than 62,200 recoveries across Canada.
Infectious disease specialist Dr. Abdou Sharkawy told CTV News that Canada’s response to the virus was a system failure.
“There is no question, it was a failure and the simple reason is that it is a preventable disease,” he said. “It is a disease that is transmitted through poor hygiene, non-compliance with protocol by taking care of the most vulnerable segments of our community and that is why we must remain extremely vigilant.”
The numbers have been slowly falling, however. Most provinces are only a handful of new cases on a daily basis and Canada, two hotspot provinces, Ontario and Quebec, have shown steady decreases over the past few days and weeks.
“I compared it to a forest fire when things were much worse,” Sharkawy said. “We are in the embers of the right wing phase now. We don’t want to revive ourselves and have this pandemic to start all over in a much worse way. ”
Given this decline, Sharkawy said, it is now appropriate to return to a semblance of normal life, provided that certain safety measures are taken.
“I hope summer will allow people to go outside and physically distance in a healthy way, do, enjoy time with your family and with the people you love and do it in all security, ”he said.