Canada reported 498 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as 10 more deaths.
The numbers now raise the country’s total COVID-19 cases to 124,314 and deaths to 9,064.
As of Aug. 21, a total of 110,648 cases have recovered from the virus and over 5.86 million tests have since been administered.
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam reported that an average of 48,714 people have tested daily for COVID-19 over the past week, with 0.8 per cent of those tests identifying as positive.
2/2 Over the past week, an average of 48,714 people have been tested for #COVID19 daily across Canada, with 0.8% of these people testing positive, as #publichealth continues to #TestandTrace. https://t.co/ZArmpJMAM3
— Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) August 21, 2020
In a another tweet Friday, Tam also stressed the importance of continuing to schedule routine medical appointments like vaccinations and dental care, as well as appointments to manage chronic diseases.
“With COVID-19 under manageable control and daily case counts (down) in (Canada), it’s a great time for you and your loved ones to catch up on any missed appointments and get ahead with prevention visits before the fall/winter,” wrote Tam.