These are the biggest COVID-19 hot spots in Canada as of July
Canada just released new modelling data showing the COVID-19 hot spots across the country, with Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Alberta showing the biggest localised outbreaks as of July.
As a whole, Canada is doing pretty well at flattening the curve; our country continues to see a decline in daily cases and the rate of transmission also looks promising.
Nevertheless, some areas of Canada continue to be disproportionately hard-hit by the virus.
In Ontario, the Windsor-Essex County and the Peel Region continue to be particularly hard-hit, representing some of the highest number of cases per population in Canada over the past two weeks.
Toronto, York, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington also continue to struggle, albeit to a lesser degree.
Saskatchewan similarly contains multiple hot spots, with the far north of the province showing the highest number of COVID-19 cases per population.
Aside from Montreal, Quebec's hot spots include the Laval Region, the Lanaudière region and the Laurentians region.
In Alberta, Edmonton has also been identified as a COVID-19 hot spot, which could potentially be linked to the recent outbreak of the virus at the Misericordia Community Hospital.
This morning @AHS_media announced that the Misericordia Community Hospital is now under a full facility outbreak due to ongoing transmission of #COVID19AB.— Tyler Shandro (@shandro) July 8, 2020
Effective immediately, all services at the Misericordia are temporarily closed to incoming patients. 1/11 pic.twitter.com/8PxxrwDbMy
Overall, Canada continues to do better at flattening the curve than other countries around the world, including Italy and the United States.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Director-General of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Canada's efforts at squashing case numbers.
"Latin America doesn't look good," he said. "Cases are on the rise. Deaths are on the rise. And even North America, Mesoamerica, except for Canada. Canada is doing better."
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