Tam calls for caution as daily COVID-19 cases rise 25% last week

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OTTAWA – Canada’s chief medical officer of public health says a slow but steady increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is cause for concern. According to Dr Theresa Tam, today the average daily number of people who tested positive over the past week is 545 – a 25 percent increase from the previous week, which saw a daily average of 435 and from 390 per week previously.

That number has grown every day over the past week, prompting Tam to remind Canadians not to be complacent about their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

Overall, in the past week, 3,955 people have tested positive across Canada and 28 people have died from COVID-19.

That compares to 3,044 positive tests and 44 deaths the week before.

Tam says most Canadians are following public health advice and that this has helped Canada keep the COVID-19 pandemic “under manageable control,” but is concerned about the rise in positive cases.

“It is a concern and a reminder that we must all maintain public health measures to keep COVID-19 on the slow-burning path that we need,” she said in a statement.

“As fall dawns, Canadians will need to be even more vigilant in following public health guidelines, especially as cold weather disrupts activities indoors.

She said people need to assess both their personal risk if they contract COVID-19 and the risk of serious illness in people in their household or their COVID-19 bubble.

Any event people want to attend should be assessed to determine what COVID-19 precautions are in place and whether the event may allow for social distancing or the use of masks, she added.

To date, 131,895 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Canada and 9,145 people have died. Nearly nine in ten people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 7, 2020.

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