Federal government to release updated national COVID-19 modeling today

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OTTAWA – Canadians will receive an updated national portrait today of the severity of the second wave of COVID-19, after the country surpassed the most recent estimates of new cases and deaths. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Health Minister Patty Hajdu and senior public health officials across Canada will discuss the new numbers this afternoon, as Ontario is expected to apply tighter restrictions in some hard-hit areas.

Previous federal modeling of the COVID-19 pandemic released on September 22 showed that in the short term, Canada’s epidemic will continue to grow, predicting up to 155,795 total cases and 9,300 deaths by October 2 .

To date, the country has surpassed those double figures with 175,559 confirmed cases and 9,557 deaths.

It is possible that Trudeau and others will offer new advice or guidance to Canadians on their behavior in the coming weeks, as the country is once again urged to flatten the curve of the virus after weeks of increasing numbers of cases and a reintroduction minimum regional restrictions. .

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is also expected to provide an update for businesses on what their second wave financial support will look like, and more help is planned for food banks.

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