Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said on Tuesday that the infection rate had fallen by about 40% since activity peaked in mid-April.
However, she said hospitalizations and intensive care admissions fell only 15% and 10%, respectively.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, said he hoped the accelerated pace of vaccination would allow the country to return to a more normal way of life by the fall.
“We will have more than enough doses in Canada by the end of June to give a first dose to every Canadian who wants one, and the second doses will continue to increase through June and into the summer,” he said. Trudeau said at a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday.
Health Canada said more than half of all Canadians are now partially vaccinated, but less than 5% are fully vaccinated.
With new daily cases of falling Covid-19, British Columbia and Quebec announced plans to reopen on Tuesday that were still cautious of the United States and the United Kingdom.
In British Columbia, residents can now meet a few friends at a restaurant and dine inside again, and significantly, people can start inviting visitors to their homes again.
The provincial government has planned a phased reopening that will allow for more organized sports, larger indoor trips and gatherings later in the spring and early summer.
Quebec has announced it will finally lift a month-long curfew across the province on Friday, restaurant patios can also reopen anywhere and small social gatherings outside can resume.
But it was a different picture in Manitoba, where the province is in the midst of a devastating third wave. To deal with the increase in intensive care admissions, public health officials have said they will continue to transfer patients out of the province and even consider sending patients to North Dakota for treatment. , but only if absolutely necessary.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Manitoba currently has the highest infection rate of any province or state in the past seven days.
“This reckless behavior by some threatens the ability of our health care system to care for those who need it most, including themselves,” Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba, said on Tuesday in a statement. press conference regarding people flouting Covid-19 restrictions.