The Covid-19 pandemic is here and by the looks of things, it’s not going anywhere soon. The third wave is currently happening and the number of infections continue to rise in certain areas of the world, including several provinces in Canada. According to the World Health Organization, the number of confirmed cases all over the world as of April 26, 2021 totalled almost 147 million. Currently 223 countries and territories have been affected by the spread of Covid-19 virus.
In Canada, four provinces have the highest number of reported and confirmed cases of Covid-19. Ontario 448,86; Quebec 345,697; Alberta 183,301; BC 126,249; and the numbers are still growing everyday.
Globally, efforts have focused on taking measures to contain the outbreak and prevent further spread.
An official global travel advisory and pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice are in effect: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
Risk to Canadians COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk varies between and within communities, but given the number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
The Canadian government continues to reassess the public health risk based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with provinces, territories and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on containment of the outbreak and the prevention of further spread.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is in close contact with provincial and territorial Chief Medical Officers of Health to ensure that any cases of COVID-19 occurring in Canada continue to be rapidly identified and managed in order to protect the health of Canadians.
The Canadian government has put in place additional emergency measures to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Restrictions may change with little notice as the situation evolves. Check the latest travel restrictions in Canada at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-c
Continue following existing public health measures to keep everyone safe:
Stay 2 metres apart from others
Wear a mask in public spaces, indoor workplaces and places of worship
Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes
Monitor your symptoms every day
If sick, stay home, get tested, and follow mandatory isolation requirements while waiting for results: - If positive, isolate for 10 days or until symptoms are gone, whichever is longer - If negative, stay home until you're better