Thu. Jun 30th, 2022

Canada’s COVID-19 case skyrocketed last week as the Omicron variant quickly spread across the country, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam Friday.

Canada has averaged more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases daily over the past week – a 45 percent increase from the week before, Tam said.

“We need to keep doing what we know has worked, but do it with greater speed, vigilance and perseverance, and incorporate all the improvements we have made over the last two years,” she told journalists.

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In addition to COVID cases alone, Canada has also tracked an increase in the case of the Omicron variant. Tam confirmed that 350 cases of the new strain have been identified collected in 11 provinces and territories. An increasing number of these cases are not related to travel, she warned, meaning that “community transfer has been established in several areas of the country.”

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“Omicron cases have been reported in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as well as in previously infected people,” Tam said.

“However, it is important to emphasize that being fully vaccinated and then getting a booster, whether it is Pfizer or Moderna, is expected to provide a reasonable level of protection against infection and probably strong protection against serious illness.”

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There were more than 43,000 active COVID cases across Canada as of Thursday. The federal government’s most recent hospitalization numbers are from Monday, when at least 1,000 people were admitted to Canadian hospitals with COVID-19, including 453 in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 229 on respirators.

On Thursday, 19 people died in Canada with COVID-19.

While increases in infection are seen across the country, including in Manitoba and New Brunswick, Canada’s largest provinces are experiencing some of the largest increases in cases. Here is the latest:

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Ontario accounts for a significant portion of the country’s COVID-19 cases – especially when it comes to the new Omicron variant. The cases reported in the province on Thursday marked a 29 percent increase from the day before.

Total number of active cases: 17,081 *

Omicron cases: 190

Admissions: 358, of which 157 are in the intensive care unit

Ontario reintroduced capacity limits for some indoor venues on Wednesday, limiting capacity to 50 percent for venues that can accommodate 1,000 or more people. These rules come into force on Saturday at. 12:01 ET.

On Friday afternoon, the government announced even stricter restrictions that will take effect on Sunday at. 12:01 ET.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the limit for indoor social gatherings will be cut from 25 people down to 10, while outdoor capacity will be reduced from 100 down to 25. Consumption of food and drink will be banned in sports arenas, cinemas and others great venues.

Ford also introduced a 50 percent capacity limit at all bars and restaurants as well as rules against dancing and closing at 6 p.m. 23.00.

* reported within the last 14 days

British Columbia is another province struggling with an increase in COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday, the province reported 584 new cases – the highest number since November 4.

Total number of active cases: 3,878 th most common

Omicron cases: 135

Admissions: 184, with 70 in critical care

The province will follow in Ontario’s footsteps starting Monday, introducing a 50 percent capacity limit for venues that can accommodate 1,000 people or more. The BC government also announced on Friday that amateur sports tournaments can not be held during the Christmas period and that all New Year’s parties have been canceled.

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The Ministry of Health also added that indoor gatherings, including those on rental or holiday properties, are limited to one household plus 10 guests and all must be vaccinated.

The BC Vaccine Card program must be used at all events and people are not allowed to move between tables at restaurants.

Alberta sees an increasing number of patients capturing the Omicron strain of COVID-19. The number of patients with the variant doubled from 60 on Wednesday to just 120 cases on Thursday.

Total number of active cases: 4,212

Omicron cases: 119

Admissions: 352, with 70 on intensive

Unlike other provinces that have tightened restrictions in recent days, Alberta took the step this week of loosening their COVID public safety measures. The province kept the number of people who could gather indoors to 10, but did not limit the number of households that could attend any of these gatherings.

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Furthermore, children who are 17 and under do not count in the limit of 10 people, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said on Wednesday.

Quebec is competing with Ontario for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country. The province is also seeing an increase in the case of the new variant, with hundreds of presumed Omicron cases awaiting final confirmation.

Total number of active cases: 14.245 *

Omicron cases: 13 confirmed, 309 suspected

Admissions: 312, with 62 on intensive

In response to violent cases, Quebec on Thursday announced a number of new restrictions. Shops, bars, restaurants, amphitheaters, cinemas and gyms will be limited to 50 percent capacity from Monday. Worship places will also have their capacity reduced by half, along with an order not to exceed 250 people.

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The vaccine passport will also in future be required in churches and other services. Only funerals and weddings, with a maximum of 25 people present, can be held without the need for a vaccine passport.

High-risk activities such as office Christmas parties, karaoke and dancing will be banned from December 20th. In addition, indoor private gatherings will be limited to 10 people, down from the 20 previously announced for the holiday.

* reported within the last seven days

– With files from The Canadian Press

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