As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Canada continues to climb, the country’s top doctor has warned that a surge in hospitalizations and deaths could also be on the horizon.
In a statement shared on October 24, Dr. Theresa Tam explained that figures for hospitalizations and deaths often lag behind case-count statistics.
This means that as the number of people testing positive is skyrocketing in some regions, the number of people who become seriously ill or die could also surge in the near future.
As hospitalisations and deaths tend to lag behind increased disease activity [...] we have yet to see the extent of severe impacts associated with the ongoing increase in COVID-19 disease activity.
Dr. Theresa Tam
Dr. Tam continued, "As well, influenza and respiratory infections typically increase during the Fall and Winter, placing increased demands on hospitals.”
She urged Canadians of all ages to continue to follow public health advice to avoid getting sick.
Her comments came on the same day that both Ontario and Quebec registered record-high daily figures.
According to the government's latest data, almost 93% of all Canada's COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in the same two provinces.
As of October 24, 9,922 people had died.
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