COVID-19 deaths surpass federal projections due to outbreaks in long-term care homes, Trudeau says

Paramedics transport a patient from Maison Herron, a long term care home in the Montreal suburb of Dorval, Que., on Saturday, April 11, 2020. 
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Date Published: April 16, 2020

Source: CBC

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, released government COVID-19 modeling on April 9. The short-term projections were between 22,580 and 31,850 reported cases and between 500 and 700 deaths in Canada by April 16. The number of reported cases today is within that range at 29,826. However, the number of deaths is significantly higher. A count by CBC News shows that Canada has 1,240 reported pandemic deaths as of this afternoon. According to Dr. Tam, nearly half of all deaths have been linked to long-term care homes. Both Ontario and Quebec are grappling with outbreaks in these facilities. The latest government modelling now projects up to 1,620 deaths by April 21.

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Summary by: Manjot Sunner