COVID-19 modelling: Feds providing national update

Federal health officials will provide an updated picture of the Canada-wide path to the COVID-19 pandemic today.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam will release the latest national modeling, which shows how many new cases Canada should prepare for in the coming weeks given the current rate of transmission. Tam is also likely to talk about additional measures that may be needed to limit the spread of the Omicron variant.

As of the last federal modeling update in December, the Delta variant was the dominant strain, but in the following weeks, it overtook Omicron as the dominant variant in that country.

The highly contagious variant has led to record levels of new infections across the country, has seen more active cases than at any other time in the last two years of this pandemic and has led to ongoing concerns about the hospital’s vast capacity.

Many areas have returned to virtual education for students and have closed or significantly reduced capacity in businesses such as gyms, theaters and restaurants as in previous waves of the pandemic.

As federal officials sought to cheer Canadians frustrated, tired and angry about the COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that they will likely have to “shelter” this winter before seeing a “better spring.”

A modeling update will be given at 11 AM ET, and CTVNews.ca will broadcast the press conference live.

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