Our country has reached a major milestone when it comes to this virus. COVID-19 testing in Canada has now surpassed one million people. Of those who have been tested, only a small percentage have gotten positive results.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, announced on May 7 that labs across Canada have now tested more than one million people for the virus to date.
Of those who have gotten tested for COVID-19, only about 6% have received a positive test result.
"In the past week, we've tested an average of over 25,000 people daily," Dr. Tam said during a daily press conference.
As of 8:30 a.m. ET on May 7, over 940,000 tests for COVID-19 in Canada have come back negative since the pandemic began.
Dr. Tam also confirmed that over 28,000 cases are now considered to be recovered. That's 44% of people infected with the virus in Canada.
Recently, Dr. Tam had said that she believes provinces could expand daily testing numbers to 60,000.
On Twitter, she mentioned that public health continues to increase its capacity to test and trace the virus all over the country.
Across Canada, there are 63,985 confirmed cases and 4,208 deaths, the majority of which are in Quebec and Ontario.
On April 28, Dr. Tam released new model projections for the virus in Canada that showed our country's number of cases is increasing slower than other countries'.
The data also showed that by May 5, there was the potential for as many as 66,835 cases and 3,883 deaths.
Even after that date, the country still hasn't reached that many cases.
However, there have been more deaths than expected.
The first set of models and projections released by the Public Health Agency of Canada predicted anywhere between 11,000 and 300,000 deaths from COVID-19.
While people are falling victim to the virus, there is still some good news to come out of this pandemic.
On April 20, the Northwest Territories became the first place in Canada to have all of its COVID-19 cases recover.
In Nunavut, the territory's first case of the virus was actually a false positive so it's back to being the only spot in the country with no confirmed cases.