Canada's chief public health officer, Dr.Theresa Tam, issued the dire warning on Friday and says there's "urgency" to bring infections down.
In the coming week and a half, short-term growth of case numbers and deaths is expected, hitting 378,600 patients and 12,120 total fatalities among our population of more than 37.5 million people by December 1.
That's more than double the current daily case count, which is already straining the health care system in some regions.
Currently, Tam says an average of 4,800 cases are being reported daily - about a 15 per cent increase compared to last week.More news: Nearly a million people inoculated with Chinese Covid-19 vaccine: firm
The modelling, set to be released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), shows a worst-case scenario of 60,000 new cases per day if social contacts rise, the Globe and Mail newspaper and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported. And there have been about 70 deaths daily, including a few deaths among people in their 30s.
Hajdu spoke to the rapid growth of COVID-19 infections at a news conference where officials shared new projections about the spread of the illness across the country.
In addition to asking Canadians to limit the number of people they interact with, Tam urged public health authorities across the country to implement time-limited restrictions and control measures to reduce further the number of people coming into contact each day.
Across Canada, deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 continue to mount as the second wave resurgence spreads from younger adult populations into elderly groups and more vulnerable settings, like long-term-care homes.More news: India's COVID-19 cases top 90 lakh; active cases at 4.43 lakh
However, Tam also suggested she does not believe Canada is on that trajectory at the moment and can still avoid it.
The data says the percentage of people testing positive has increased to about 6.5 per cent, above the World Health Organization's benchmark of five per cent. Those aged 80 years and older now have the highest incidence rate nationally.
The modelling says that there are more outbreaks now, those outbreaks are larger - more than 50 cases each - and they are affecting long-term care homes.
Tam and Njoo said while schools are still fairly safe environments, if families have children in school, they should reduce their own contacts outside their households.More news: Amazon's Alexa-powered smart glasses are now more widely available