FACT CHECK: No, Canada Did Not Become ‘COVID Free’ In Late July

Trevor Schakohl | Fact Check Reporter

A viral Facebook post shared over 2,000 times claims Canada became “free” of COVID-19 in late July.

“CANADA is now COVID FREE, I hope PHILIPPINES too,” the post reads.

Verdict: False

Canada has reported new coronavirus cases since the date of the Facebook post.

Fact Check:

Canada reported its first “presumptive” confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, on Jan. 25, according to Reuters. The July 30 Facebook post falsely alleges that Canada became “free” of COVID-19 in late July, despite new cases having been reported since then.

Data displayed on the Canadian government’s website shows there are over 4,700 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada as of Aug. 10. The displayed data also shows that Canada has reported over 120,100 total coronavirus cases since the country documented its first cases of the disease in late January.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said in an Aug. 6 statement that “an average of 400 cases were reported daily from across the country” over the previous week. (RELATED: Viral Post Claims Unused COVID-19 Tests Showing Positive Results Were Found In Tuscaloosa)

COVID-19 is still present in the Philippines as well. The Philippines’ Department of Health reports over 66,100 active cases in the country at the time of publication. Nearly 2,300 people in the Philippines have died from the new coronavirus, per the case tracker on the country’s Department of Health website.

Trevor Schakohl

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