Tens of thousands are getting tested for the novel coronavirus every week in Canada, but relatively few Canadians tested positive for COVID-19 compared to how many get tested.

In a written statement from Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, on Sunday, August 2, the nation's top doctor confirmed that only 1% of those tested in the past week had the virus.

Over the past week, an average of 40,665 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive.

Dr. Theresa Tam

According to Tam, an average of 461 cases were reported every day across Canada, leading to a national total of 116,599 — 87% of whom have recovered.

In contrast, a total of 4,098,752 people have been tested for COVID-19 to date.

Tam continued by acknowledging the mental stresses that many are facing during the pandemic, and urged people to reach out for help should they need it.

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