Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on COVID-19


May 10, 2020 — Ottawa, ON — Public Health Agency of Canada

In lieu of a daily in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today:

“As of Sunday, May 10, there are 67,996 COVID-19 cases, including 4,728 deaths. More than 31,600 or 47% of cases are now recovered. Labs across Canada tested over 1,090,000 people for COVID-19 to date, with about 6% of these testing positive. In the past week, we tested an average of 26,900 people daily. These numbers represent what we know at this moment, and change quickly. I encourage Canadians to consult for the latest information.

COVID-19 has brought with it as many challenges as it has inspiring stories of Canadians coming together and looking after one another.

Today we celebrate mothers, step-mothers, aunts and grandmothers. This is a day to remember and thank these special people in our lives.  We know that the COVID-19 pandemic means that we must enjoy Mother’s Day differently this year, and the most important gift we can give to one another is to protect our health.

We have come a long way in a short time since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared and our efforts have undoubtedly prevented wider spread of the virus across the country. Let’s continue doing what we can to protect those most at risk. Remember to stay home if you are sick and wash your hands frequently. Please consult your provincial and territorial authorities to make sure you’re following the appropriate protocols in your region.

Happy Mother’s Day to all those celebrating, and please stay safe.”


Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada

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