As COVID-19 cases are steadily climbing day by day, the Public Health Agency of Canada has come forward to devise new measures to monitor the pandemic. The agency has decided to track the epidemiological indicators that are making the environment favorable for the proliferation of the virus variants.
In association with this decision, the government along with the agency has made a detailed analysis of where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. Based on their observations, they have summarized the whole trajectories of the pandemic graph till the day.
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As per these latest reports, since the start of the pandemic, there have been 770,793 cases of COVID-19, including 19,801 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. Though many areas continue to experience high infection rates, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. This is why the Government of Canada recently imposed restrictions on international travel.
The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada made necessary arrangements to prevent the virus variants
With still elevated daily case counts and high rates of infection across all age groups, the risk remains and cannot be neglected. According to the analysis, the outbreaks can continue to occur in high-risk populations and communities, including hospitals and long term care homes, correctional facilities, congregate living settings, Indigenous communities, and more remote areas of the country. This is particularly important in light of the emergence of new virus variants of concern that could rapidly accelerate transmission of COVID-19 in Canada.
In order to curb the threat of the virus variants, the Public Health Agency of Canada has provided Canadians of all ages across the country free access and support to information as well as practical tools to foster a better feeling. Also, it provides them with self-guided programs, peer-to-peer support and confidential sessions with social workers, psychologists and other professionals. Supports are provided online as well as by phone and text for those without internet access. There are also immediate supports:
Adults: Text WELLNESS to 741741
Youth: Text WELLNESS to 686868
Front Line Workers: Text FRONTLINE to 741741
Indigenous Peoples can also contact the toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For longer-term care, contact a First Nations and Inuit Health Regional Office.