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Feds say all large provinces need stronger COVID-19 response 'now'

Last Updated Dec 12, 2020 at 8:40 am PDT

FILE -- Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam arrives for a news conference in Ottawa, Wednesday October 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – New federal forecasts say all large provinces need to strengthen their COVID-19 response “now” to slow the spread of the virus.

Updated modelling indicates that Canada remains on a “rapid growth trajectory,” with daily cases expected to cross the 10,000 mark later this month.

The projections indicate that the total number of deaths related to the outbreak could reach between 14,410 to 14,920 by Christmas Day.

The data suggests infections continue to climb in many provinces, with rates rising precipitously in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Canada’s chief public health officer says the national positivity rate is 6.5 per cent, with 49 of 99 health regions reporting more than 100 cases per 100,000 population.

Dr. Theresa Tam says there’s been a troubling rise in infections among older Canadians who face a higher risk of COVID-19 complications, with long-term care homes sees a growing number of outbreaks.