SPORT MEDICINE ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATE:
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is over 3.1 million with 975,000 recovered and 219,287 deaths. There are documented cases in over 213 countries or territories. While some countries have slowed the doubling rate of new cases and deaths, other areas in the world are seeing these rates continue to accelerate. We are continuing to see prolonged second waves in countries that had relaxed their restrictions and are monitoring this closely as this will have an impact on how other countries including Canada manage restrictions and relaxations in the future.
In Canada we have over 50,000 cases, 2859 deaths and 19,000 (38%) recovered. Of the 28,000 presently active cases in Canada 97% are classified as mild. At present our doubling time has prolonged to every 16 days. Although the curve continues to flatten in Canada there remains a lot of risk involved in relaxing restrictions too early and we can only reemphasize that in Canada there are limited resources available and asymptomatic spread is occurring. Continue to assume all others you may encounter may have COVID and act with that in mind and continue to maintain physical distancing vigilance. Many provinces are starting to prepare plans for staged relaxation of restrictions as is considered safe in their specific area. This progressive relaxation of restrictions will have an impact on training and access to facilities, but timing will differ across regions and across different sports and is yet to be finalised or confirmed.
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