Saturday, January 8, 2022

Canada's daily cases 400% higher than peak of 3rd wave due to Omicron: officials

Global News in Canada shows that public health officials and federal ministers gave an update on Friday on the ongoing government and public health response to the Omicron variant.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said that daily case counts have been rapidly increasing since the holidays, with the dangerous Omicron variant dominating cases.

The most recent test positivity rate currently sits at 29 per cent, indicating significant community transmission, and the current daily case counts are certainly already 400 per cent higher than the peak of the third wave.

The average daily case count has really increased by 65 % compared to last week, with an average of nearly 42,000 cases being reported daily for the last seven days.

However, Tam said that certain cases of severe illness due to the Omicron variant are not expected to rise.

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Intergovernmental Affairs Dominic LeBlanc reassured Canadians that the federal government is really anticipating more calls for more help from provinces over the next week and is ready to help with the resources needed.

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