COVID Update: From October 18-24, Canada has reported 256 new deaths with count of total active cases at 29,464 (as of October 24). Highest count of new cases was 2,911 reported on October 21 and highest count of deaths was 71 on October 18. Daily average of new cases during this week, was around 2,114 and daily average of new deaths was around 36.
As of October 24, 83.6% of Canada’s eligible population has been fully vaccinated, while around 88.7% have received at least 1 dose. So far, government data has shown that around 83.8% of the new cases are coming among unvaccinated individuals and 5.4% of the new cases are among fully vaccinated. Percentage of new cases among fully vaccinated has increased from 4.7% to 5.4% since our update a week ago.
As per the recent statement of Dr. Theresa Tam’s (Chief Public Health Officer of Canada) on October 22.
“The latest surveillance data show a continued decline in disease activity nationally and in most jurisdictions. Over the past week, an average of just over 2,800 new cases were reported daily across Canada and severe illness trends are stabilising. On average under 2,400 people with COVID-19 were being treated in our hospitals each day, with over 720 in intensive care units, and 35 deaths were reported daily over the past 7 days. As we approach 90% of the eligible population having at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines in Canada, evidence continues to show that being fully vaccinated provides good protection against COVID-19 infection and excellent protection against severe illness. However, no vaccine is perfect and there will be instances of suboptimal protection or breakthrough cases. This is why it is important to remember that vaccines must be part of a comprehensive and layered protection strategy that includes other practices and precautions, as well as ongoing monitoring and adjustments.”~ Dr. Theresa Tam