That’s a lot of people! According to the latest data from the federal government, over 8.5 million people have now been tested for COVID-19 in Canada.

New data, shared on October 17, revealed that many millions of Canadians have visited local health centres to get checked for the respiratory illness.

Of those tested, a total of 196,321 people received a positive result. 

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People tested for COVID-19 in Canada

This, according to Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, is a "2.2% positive overall."

Speaking on October 17 about the second wave of COVID-19, Dr. Tam acknowledged that things are a little different at the moment.

"This time around things are more complicated, considering that schools and businesses are open, posing very different challenges and choices for individuals and families," she said.

"There are no quick fixes and COVID-19 is not going away," the top doctor added.

As of Saturday, there were 21,129 active cases in Canada and 9,746 people had died.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

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