COVID Update: From October 3-9, Canada has reported 250 new deaths with count of total active cases at 42,041 (as of October 9). Highest count of new cases was 4,137 reported on October 8 and highest count of deaths was 62 on October 6. Daily average of new cases during this week, was around 3,384 and daily average of new deaths was around 36.
As of October 9, 81.83% of Canada’s eligible population has been fully vaccinated, while around 88.3% have received at least 1 dose. So far, data has shown that around 85.3% of the new cases are coming among unvaccinated individuals and 4% of the new cases are among fully vaccinated. Percentage of new cases among fully vaccinated has increased from 0.6% to 4% since our August 22 update.
As per the recent statement of Dr. Theresa Tam’s (Chief Public Health Officer of Canada) on October 8, during this fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, infections and severe outcomes have several key features:
- Nationally, the highly contagious Delta Variant of Concern (VOC), accounts for the majority of recently reported cases, is associated with increased severity, and may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines
- Most reported cases, hospitalizations and deaths are occurring among unvaccinated people
- Virus spread in areas with low vaccination coverage presents an ongoing risk for emergence of and replacement by new VOCs, including a risk of VOCs with the ability to evade vaccine protection.
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