Canada surpasses 500,000 cases of COVID-19

Another 200,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine expected in Canada next week

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada has climbed above half a million.

The threshold was passed on Saturday after Saskatchewan recorded 252 new cases. The country’s latest 100,000 cases were recorded in just 15 days, the fastest infection rate since the pandemic began in March.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said in a statement Saturday that the latest long-range projections forecast more than 8,000 cases a day in the country at the beginning of January 2021.

On a more positive note, immunizations are underway in all provinces.

Another 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine should arrive in Canada next week. The doses will be sent to 70 distribution sites, and one of those is expected to be Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrrie.

Premier Ford has been meeting with health officials this weekend to lay out the next possible steps to try and curb the spread of the virus. Ford said there will be an update on Monday at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Hamilton will go into lockdown, joining Toronto, Peel and York.