TORONTO – Canada has officially registered more than 100 000 cases of COVID-19 across the country.
Such a figure seemed to be incomprehensible six months ago when the public health officials have welcomed the first case COVID-19 countries with repeated assurances that the risk of contracting the virus was low.
This message has changed radically in mid-march, when cases were reported across the country, causing the closures of generalized expected to help smooth the curve of the pandemic.
Public health experts argue that these measures have been largely successful, citing the fact that the different health systems of the country have been able to manage the influx of cases without being overwhelmed.
But they say that 100 000 cases and more than 5 300 deaths, mostly concentrated in the institutions of long-term care in the country, also suggest that Canada has missed opportunities, crucial for limiting the early impact of the virus.
This report from The canadian Press has been published for the first time on June 18, 2020.
The Canadian Press