Here's something to celebrate! We're flattening the curve across the country. COVID-19 in Canada is on the decline and the graphs about it are so satisfying to look at. Every province is seeing case counts go down.
The Public Health Agency of Canada released new data and modelling about the state of the virus in the country and it's actually pretty good.
Canada's effective reproduction number has been below one for eight weeks now.
That means, on average, every positive case infects less than one other person.
Anything above one means the epidemic is growing and anything below one means it's being brought under control.
The data and modelling released by the Public Health Agency of Canada also include graphs about the number of cases in each province except for P.E.I. based on the date of illness onset.
Even the three hardest-hit provinces, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, are seeing declines in the number of new cases.
All seem to have passed the peak of the virus that happened between April and May.
Some provinces have managed to keep case counts below 1,000 like Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
As of June 30, P.E.I. has only had 27 cases all of which have recovered.
Yukon and the Northwest Territories have confirmed 11 and five cases respectively during the pandemic and all are recovered.
There has been no community transmission in those three places.
Also, there have still been no cases reported in Nunavut.
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From June 15 to June 21, more than 250,000 people were tested for COVID-19 in Canada and only 1% of those were confirmed positive.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, lower daily case counts mean that it's easier to do contact tracing and break chains of transmission.
Recently, Dr. Theresa Tam confirmed that Canada has flattened the curve on the same day she marked her third anniversary as Chief Public Health Officer.
She also said on Twitter that we actually crushed the curve. Even better!