Watch live as officials unveil the latest COVID-19 modelling data for Canada

Canada is on track to see more than 10,000 coronavirus cases a day by February if, “we maintain the current number of people we contact each day,”  according to new modelling from the federal government.

The feds on Friday released an updated picture of the current COVID-19 pandemic facing Canada, which included new modelling and estimates on the number of cases and deaths.

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The modelling showed that if Canadians increase the current number of people they contact each day by February, then COVID-19 cases could skyrocket past 30,000 per day

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“Upcoming months will be very challenging for Canada – we must redouble efforts and hold firm to see our way through,” the feds stated. ” Reducing COVID-19 activity is urgently needed as rollout of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines begins.”

The modelling also showed that COVID-19 related deaths are steadily rising and may soon exceed levels seen during the first peak in May 2020.

Canada added 7,563 coronavirus cases Thursday and 154 deaths as the second detection of the South African variant of the virus was reported in the country.

There are now 688,891 cases in total and 17,537 deaths in the country.

Despite ongoing vaccination efforts, Canada’s cases have been steadily increasing, forcing provinces to take harsh measures to keep people at home. Ontario has issued a stay-at-home order and Quebec has implemented a curfew in a bid to quash the rise in cases.

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