July 21, 2020 / 4:49 PM / in 21 days

Canada authorities had expected recent spike in coronavirus cases

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A recent spike in coronavirus cases across Canada as the economy gradually reopens is worrying but does not come as a surprise to authorities, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Deputy public health officer Howard Njoo - who expressed concern last Friday about the increase - told a briefing that the success of efforts to combat the outbreak was fragile and could be undermined by people becoming complacent.

Reporting by David Ljunggren

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