Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on July 4, 2020

OTTAWA, ON, July 4, 2020 /CNW/ - In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today: "There have been 105,091 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,663 deaths. 65% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 2,885,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 39,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive. In recent days, as society reopens and the novel coronavirus continues to be present in many communities, more Canadian jurisdictions have mandated the use of non-medical masks or face coverings in indoor public places, to protect their populations and prevent resurgences of cases. Masks are an extra layer of protection alongside other COVID-19 prevention measures like physical distancing, frequent handwashing, staying home when you are sick. Wear a mask in places where physical distancing is not possible or where you are not certain you will be able to keep two metres apart from others. Wearing a cloth mask or face covering reduces the chance that others will come into contact with your respiratory droplets. Whenever you go out, always have a mask with you in case you need it in a closed space or crowded place.
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