COVID-19: Outbreak update
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We’re working with provinces and territories on how we’ll be reporting going forward.
Map - Total Number of COVID-19 Cases in Canada - Text Description
Additional COVID-19 case information:
- COVID-19 data trends
- Confirmed cases in First Nations on reserve in provinces
- Preliminary data tables related to confirmed cases (dataset)
- COVIDTrends: cases by area
An international map and data are available.
Globally, efforts have focused on taking measures to contain the outbreak and prevent further spread.
Travel advice and advisories are the Government of Canada's official source of destination-specific travel information. They give you important advice to help you to make informed decisions and to travel safely while you're abroad.
Risk to Canadians
Some people are at higher risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19 infection than others. However, there are a number of vaccines and treatments available.
The risk of getting COVID-19 varies between and within communities. Some settings and activities are also associated with higher risk of COVID-19 transmission.
We continue to reassess the public health risk based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.
Learn more about:
- People who are at risk of more severe disease or outcomes from COVID-19
- Vaccines for COVID-19: How to get vaccinated
- COVID-19 treatments
How Canada is monitoring COVID-19
The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with provinces, territories and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on containment of the outbreak and the prevention of further spread.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is in close contact with provincial and territorial Chief Medical Officers of Health to ensure that any cases of COVID-19 occurring in Canada continue to be rapidly identified and managed in order to protect the health of Canadians.
Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory is performing diagnostic testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. The laboratory is working in close collaboration with provincial and territorial public health laboratories, which are now able to test for COVID-19.
For more information, visit the COVID-19 daily epidemiology update.
Genetic variations of viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are common and expected.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will naturally develop mutations, which are changes to the genetic material in the virus over time.
When there have been several significant mutations to the virus then it’s called a variant. A variant is of concern when it affects:
- disease spread
- disease severity (for example, whether you have mild symptoms or require hospital care)
- tests used to detect the virus
- protection from previous infection, vaccines or treatments
Monitoring the variants
Monitoring for genetic changes in the virus allows us to better understand the potential impact of the mutations.
The Public Health Agency of Canada works with the provinces and territories, and other partners to monitor and identify variants of concern in Canada.
Overall, variants of concern represent the majority of recently reported COVID-19 cases across the country.
Current variants of concern in Canada include:
- Alpha (B.1.1.7)
- Beta (B.1.351)
- Gamma (P.1)
- Delta (B.1.617.2)
- Omicron (B.1.1.529)
Evidence demonstrates that Alpha and Delta variants are at least 50% easier to spread than the original version of the virus identified at the beginning of the pandemic. As well, the Gamma, Beta and Delta variants each have certain mutations that may have an impact on vaccine effectiveness. Early evidence suggests that Omicron is likely more transmissible than other variants of concern to date. Studies are underway to determine how much is due to:
- Omicron's natural ability to spread
- a reduction in immune protection following vaccination or previous infection
About the variants
Variants of concern include mutations that seem to make the virus more infectious, allowing it to spread more easily. They may also affect the severity of the disease.
At this time, there’s evidence that some variants may have an impact on certain drugs and vaccines. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings.
The variants don’t currently affect diagnosis of COVID-19 through authorized laboratory tests.
Given the limited data on the new variants, more research is needed to confirm these early findings. The Canadian and global medical, public health and research communities are actively evaluating these variants and other significant mutations.
We’ve put in place additional emergency measures to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada. Restrictions may change with little notice as the situation evolves. Refer to the latest travel restrictions in Canada.
If you're looking for information on COVID-19, specific to your province, refer to our provincial and territorial resources page.
If you have additional questions that aren't answered on our website, contact the Public Health Agency of Canada.
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What COVID-19 information do you need?
- Find out if you can travel to Canada
- Testing and quarantine requirements
- Vaccinated travellers entering Canada
- Travelling within Canada
- Compassionate exemptions
- Foreign workers coming to Canada
- Passport services
- About the COVID-19 proof of vaccination
- How to get your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination
- Using your Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination
- COVID-19 vaccines overview
- Getting a vaccine or a booster
- Authorized vaccines
- Vaccine safety and possible side effects
- Income support
- Health and safety
- Additional economic and financial support
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