Canada is dealing with a worsening third wave of COVID-19 infections, which is bringing the country’s case rate close to the that in the US.

Canada’s case rate from the last seven days, which reflects the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in the population, currently sits at 137. That’s just behind the US value of 140 cases per 100,000 population.

The data reflects the worsening surge of cases Canada is seeing recently while the US sees a relative levelling out of new infections as it moves forward with an aggressive vaccination strategy.

The US is opening vaccination eligibility to all adults this month, whereas Canada doesn’t plan to give all adults their first dose until summer.

The US’ overall case rate from the entire pandemic 9,116 of still far greater than Canada’s 2,790.

Canada reported more than 52,000 new cases in the last seven days, and its seven-day moving average of new cases is once again approaching the peak the country saw during the second wave.

Canada’s moving average of new daily cases during the COVID-19 pandemic (Government of Canada)

New COVID-19 cases reported to the US Centre for Disease Control are down from their peak in January, according to the CDC’s data. One chart indicates new COVID-19 infections are close to their daily counts from early fall.

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A chart from the US Centre for Disease Control showing daily case counts since the start of the pandemic (US CDC)

Canada has seen more than 1 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, and more than 23,00 deaths.

 

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