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Canada doing pretty well fighting coronavirus

Christian Fernsby |
The World Health Organization says Canada is doing “pretty well” in its fight against coronavirus.


Damning figures show that of the 8,582 deaths as of Monday, 81% have been in long-term nursing homes.

These are the vulnerable elderly who built this country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted, and they fall under provincial jurisdiction that has failed them.

“It is a provincial responsibility,” he said, “[They] have failed to support our seniors…the job is not being adequately done in long-term care centers across the country.”

This week marks six months into the pandemic, and as of 12 p.m. June 29, Canada had 105,193 cases and 8,582 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University that continually compiles statistics of all countries.

That ranks Canada in the top 20 countries in cases and in the top 15 in deaths.

“Canada overall is doing exceptionally well compared to many other countries,” Dr. Matthew Oughton, director of infection diseases training program at McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, told CTV News on Monday.

“We certainly will still have many challenges in the weeks and months to come but right now we are certainly at a lull,” he said. “Numbers continue to drop. Numbers of patients who are hospitalized in the IUC (Intensive Care Unit) continue to drop.”

His cautious optimism is reflected by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. That organization predicts based on the current (June 24) projection scenario to Oct. 1, deaths in Canada will grow to 10,053, up 1,471. The predicted number of cases is not listed by the IHME.

New modelling figures from Canadian health officials released Monday show that as of July 12, the country could reach as many as 8,865 deaths and 108,130 cases.

If the figures prove accurate, it shows a majority of Canadians approve of Trudeau’s performance to this point in the pandemic.

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