Additional COVID-19 case information:
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic.
This assessment by the WHO is not unexpected. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change the WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by COVID-19 and it does not change what the WHO is doing. It also does not change what countries around the world should do. For that reason, it does not change the approach we are taking in Canada.
Canada’s public health system is prepared. Since the outset, the Public Health Agency of Canada (along with public health authorities at all levels of government across the country) have been working together to ensure that our preparedness and response measures are appropriate and adaptable, based on the latest science and the evolving situation.
Aside from Canada, other countries and regions are reporting cases (listed below). An official global travel advisory is in effect: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- United States of America
Central America, Caribbean and South America
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- St. Kitts
- St. Martin
- Sint Maarten
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Sao Tome and Principe
- South Africa
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
- Holy See
- Isle of Man
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- China (mainland)
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
Risk to Canadians
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.
We continue to reassess the public health risk based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.
Who is most at risk
While COVID-19 can make anyone sick, some Canadians with specific health circumstances are at an increased risk of more severe outcomes, including individuals:
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
In addition, social and economic circumstances may also be a factor in identifying someone who is vulnerable to COVID-19. This includes anyone who has:
- economic barriers
- difficulty accessing transportation
- difficulty accessing medical care or health advice
- unstable employment or inflexible working conditions
- insecure, inadequate, or nonexistent housing conditions
- ongoing specialized medical care or needs specific medical supplies
- social or geographic isolation, like in remote and isolated communities
- difficulty reading, speaking, understanding or communicating
- ongoing supervision needs or support for maintaining independence
- difficulty doing preventive activities, like frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes
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How Canada is monitoring COVID-19
The health and safety of all Canadians is our top priority.
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.
Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory is performing diagnostic testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. The laboratory is working in close collaboration with provincial and territorial public health laboratories, which are now able to test for COVID-19. A summary of people tested in Canada is available and updated each week day.
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This testing summary represents information collected by the laboratory and not the total reported cases in Canada. The remainder of tests not reported here are still being resolved.
Should there be any differences with the national case count compared with testing numbers reported by provincial and territorial public health officials, provincial data should be considered the most up-to-date.
For more information, visit Canada’s response page.
- On April 3, Canada announces an investment of $100 million to improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- On April 3, worldwide COVID-19 cases reach 1 million.
- On April 2, Canada launches the Canada COVID-19 app on iOS and Android to provide Canadians with the latest information on COVID-19 and a way to check their symptoms.
- On April 2, Canada surpasses 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- On March 31, Canada announces new partnerships with Canadian industries, under Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19. The Government of Canada plans to invest $2 billion to support diagnostic testing and to purchase ventilators and protective personal equipment.
- On March 30, Canada states that all passengers flying in Canada will be subject to a health check prior to boarding.
- On March 29, Canada introduces measures to support vulnerable Canadians to help cope with the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19.
- On March 27, Canada announces support for small businesses facing impacts of the pandemic, as part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
- On March 23, Canada announces support to quickly mobilize Canadian researchers and life sciences companies to support large-scale efforts towards countermeasures to combat COVID-19, including potential vaccines and treatments.
- On March 23, Canada announces new measures to support local farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- On March 18, Canada announces financial help, through the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, for Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- On March 18, Canada implements a ban on foreign nationals from all countries, except the United States from entering Canada, Canada-U.S. border closes to all non-essential travel, and redirects international passenger flight arrivals to four airports in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
- On March 16, Canada advises travellers entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.
- On March 13, Canada advises Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
- On March 11, the World Health Organization declares the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.
- On March 9, Canada confirms its first death related to COVID-19.
- On February 20, Canada confirms its first case related to travel outside mainland China.
- On February 9, Canada expands COVID-19 screening requirements for travellers returning from affected areas to 10 airports across 6 provinces.
- On January 30, the World Health Organization declares the outbreak of COVID-19 a public health event of international concern.
- On January 25, Canada confirms its first case of COVID-19 related to travel in Wuhan, China.
- On January 22, Canada implements screening requirements related to COVID-19 for travellers returning from China to major airports in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.
- On January 15, the Public Health Agency of Canada activates the Emergency Operation Centre to support Canada’s response to COVID-19.
- On January 7, China confirmed COVID-19.
- On December 31, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The virus did not match any other known virus.
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