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Canada is heading towards a 'Delta-driven' fourth wave, Tam says

Canada is headed towards a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, but how severe of a resurgence it'll be depends on how many people are fully vaccinated, warns new national modelling released Friday. The country is seeing an increase in new COVID-19 cases, and thousands more infections are predicted if contacts aren't contained, the modelling indicates.

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam looks at a copy of the presentation on epidemiology and modelling during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic, in West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Monday, June 29, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Justin Tang)

Canada extends pandemic benefits through to Oct. 23

The federal government is tapping the brakes on its plans to phase out pandemic aid programs this summer, deciding instead to freeze benefits at current levels and extend help by an extra month beyond the previously planned end date.

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