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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.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not shown, participate in a virtual discussion from Ottawa on Monday, May 3, 2021, with residents from Shannex’s Losier Hall in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Also virtually in attendance is Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte and Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake Pat Finnigan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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A healthcare worker gets ready to administer a COVID-19 vaccine in Portland, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (Kristyna Wentz-Graff/Pool Photo via AP)
People receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto on Tuesday May 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
People wait to receive vaccine for COVID-19 outside a vaccination centre in Mumbai, India, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Mother putting a face mask on her daughter. (August de Richelieu/ Pexels)

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