REUTERS/Natalie MaerzluftOTTAWA (Reuters) - New daily cases of COVID-19 in Canada could soar to 60,000 by the end of the year, up from less than 5,000 now, if people increase their daily contacts, the country’s top medical official said in a grim forecast on Friday.
Even if current restrictions on gatherings are maintained, new daily cases will jump to more than 20,000 over the same time period, chief public health officer Theresa Tam told a briefing.
“The more people who get this disease, the harder it is to control,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu told a briefing.
The officials said that by Nov. 30 the total death toll could be between 11,870 and 12,120, with the total number of cases between 366,500 and 378,600.
Canada has recorded a total of 315,751 cases and 11,265 deaths so far.
Natalie Maerzluft OTTAWA, Theresa Tam, Patty Hajdu, Justin Trudeau
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