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Canada Passes 300,000 COVID-19 Cases As Second Wave Surges

Several provinces recorded new daily case records over the past week.

Canada reached a troubling milestone on Monday, surpassing 300,000 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began earlier this year, and health experts are alarmed — but not surprised — by the rapid growth we’ve seen over the last few weeks. The marker comes less than a month after the country reached 200,000 overall cases on Oct. 19. It took about four months for Canada to leap from 100,000 to 200,000, suggesting that even as some cases are being resolved, the spread is quickening. Total COVID-19 cases are different from confirmed active cases. Canada had roughly 50,000 active cases as of Monday afternoon, while nearly 240,000 had recovered and more than 11,000 have died.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press People wear face masks as they make their way along a street in Montreal on Nov. 15, 2020.

Caroline Colijn, an infectious disease modeller and epidemiologist with Simon Fraser University, said the growth trajectory is worrying. “We’ve seen this with Europe and the U.K. and U.S., and now across Canada — the pattern is very consistent,” she said. “This is something that can overwhelm the health-care systems in western democracies. And it can do it very rapidly.” Colijn projected Canada would reach the 400,000 total case milestone by early December, if the current trajectory holds up.

This is something that can overwhelm the health-care systems in western democracies. And it can do it very rapidly Caroline Colijn

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