Public health officials have released updated modelling figures on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.
The new modelling projects that by June 15, Canada could have up to 107,454 cases and up to 9,400 COVID-19 related deaths.
Ontario and Quebec continue to be the worst hit provinces, accounting for 90 per cent of the case count over the past 14 days.
“Community spread persists in the Toronto and Montreal areas,” said Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam.
Dr. Tam delivered the updated federal projections on Thursday, which shows the COVID-19 spread is slowing in Canada, but that the pandemic is still active.
The data showed 82 per cent of all COVID-19 deaths in Canada have come in long-term care and senior’s homes.
“People 60-years-old or older have made up 94 per cent of all deaths in the country,” Dr. Tam said.
Canada flattened the curve sooner than a number of countries, such as the UK, Italy and the United States.
Dr. Tam said other countries such as South Korea and Japan demonstrated strong epidemic control to keep their curves smaller overall.
It’s the third time Canada’s federal health officials have updated their projections on the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want to be very clear we’re not out of the woods. The pandemic is still threatening the health and safety of Canadians,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday morning.
“The data shows that we are continuing to make progress in the fight against this virus. In many communities, the number of new cases is low and we can trace where there came from. That’s an encouraging sign that the virus is slowing and in some places even stopping,” Trudeau said.
There are currently more than 93,000 confirmed and presumptive novel coronavirus cases in Canada.