The province of Ontario, which has the largest number of new cases of pneumonia in Canada, the authorities predict that by the end of this month, the number of diagnoses will rise to about 20,000, a quarter of the number predicted three weeks ago. The chief medical director of Canada said that the end of the tunnel has been seen, but it is still not the time for anti-epidemic measures.
Ontario is the most populous province in Canada, adjacent to New York State, the hardest hit area in the United States. Health officials recently estimated that the number of diagnoses in the province will increase from the current more than 11,200 cases to about 20,000 at the end of this month, far below the estimated 80,000 cases on the 3rd of this month. Officials believe that the social distance measures promulgated by the authorities have worked to prevent the spread of the virus to a certain extent.
They pointed out: “The outbreak in the community seems to have passed its peak.”
Ontario Governor Ford said: “We have avoided the disasters that have occurred in other countries, but we are still not completely out of the predicament. Today, we have seen a new analytical model that shows that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
However, the government’s chief medical director Tan Yongshi warned the public not to take it lightly. She said at a press conference in the capital of Ottawa that although the figures in Ontario are encouraging, even if the epidemic in a region has peaked, it may change quickly and soon. This is not the time to relax.
Ontario government officials said that some public health measures, including orders to suspend the operation of shops that provide non-essential services, prohibit large-scale public activities and gatherings, will continue to be implemented. Ontario ’s emergency order will be maintained until May 12. Officials indicated that even if restrictive measures were relaxed, they would be done gradually and slowly to ensure safety.
As of Monday, there were more than 37,000 confirmed cases and more than 1,700 deaths across Canada.