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Feds to release new coronavirus projections as fears of a second wave grow

Last Updated Jun 4, 2020 at 7:34 am PST

FILE - Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam listens to questions at a press conference on COVID-19 at West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
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Feds to release new COVID-19 projections as economies reopen

Canada has so far recorded just more than 93,000 cases and just fewer than 7,500 deaths

The federal projection comes amid growing fears that a second wave of the coronavirus is inevitable

OTTAWA – We’ll be getting our eyes on new COVID-19 projections today.

The public health agency is set to release its new modelling this morning, giving us a better idea of where this pandemic may be heading.

Canada has so far recorded just more than 93,000 cases and close to 7,500 deaths.

While our death toll and case total has outpaced the best-case scenario from original projections, we are still well below the worst-case scenario, where hundreds of thousands would be infected and tens of thousands would die.

The federal projection comes amid growing fears that a second wave of the coronavirus is inevitable, however, how bad that second wave will be remains unknown.

Since the last update was provided, we have seen provincial economies partially reopen and a rise in cases in Ontario and Quebec.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to use his daily COVID-19 briefing to provide an update on the assistance the federal government is providing for seniors. Last month, Ottawa announced it would be providing seniors with a one-time payment of up to $500 through the old age security and guaranteed income supplement programs.

Trudeau is also expected to face more questions about why he is not directly criticizing President Donald Trump for his handling of the anti-racism protests in the U.S., with opposition leaders saying Trudeau has been hypocritical and lacking in courage.