Canada/IBNS: It is exactly one year on Monday that the first case of virus causing COVID-19 was confirmed in Canada when a patient came to Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital after returning from Wuhan, China.
In spite of applying the lessons learnt from the early days of the novel coronavirus to the second wave, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, especially in long-term care homes due to concerns of inadequate protections.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, Infectious diseases specialist of Toronto's University Health Network says deaths in Ontario's long-term care homes last spring could be have been prevented.
"What's more tragic is how it's unfolding in the second wave, because there certainly could have been steps taken between wave one and wave two to significantly protect the most vulnerable population among us," said Bogoch in an interview, CBC News reported.
Although the second wave of the pandemic shows signs of receding the number of infected people, people are being warned about rising in new case numbers if public health restrictions and guidelines are not followed.
A fear also looms that the second wave could either be prolonged due to highly contagious variants of the coronavirus or could bring a more widespread third wave before the majority of the population gets vaccinated.
With thousands of new infections being reported every day across the country, Canada's health officials fear the decrease in the average daily number of deaths will not be seen for weeks.
The past month alone has seen about 200,000 Canadians have contracted COVID-19.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)