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Ómicron causes record numbers of new coronavirus cases in Canada

Ómicron causes record numbers of new coronavirus cases in Canada

Ómicron causes record numbers of new coronavirus cases in Canada

The variant omicron has skyrocketed the number of cases of covid-19 in Canada, with the province of Quebec at the forefront of the new wave of the pandemic, medical authorities reported Thursday.

According to the Public Health Agency of CanadaDuring the last week, the average number of daily cases was 10,167, which represents an increase of 120% compared to the previous week.

Quebec, the second most populated province in the country, recorded a record number of almost 9,400 new infections in the last 24 hours. The previous record of Quebec occurred on Wednesday with 6,361 new infections.

In Montreal, the second largest city in Canada, one in five people who are tested for covid is positive. And 90% of confirmed cases are of the omicron variant.

Ontario, the economic center of the country and with the largest number of inhabitants, registered 5,790 new positives, a new record that exceeds the previous maximum of 4,812 cases.

But experts have pointed out that the actual figures in Quebec and Ontario are in all probability much superior because testing services are saturated and it is very difficult to get tests to verify COVID infections.

The medical director of Canada, Theresa Tam, stated in a statement that although there is still no conclusive data on the severity of the variant omicron And given the potential impact it can have on the healthcare system, Canadians should “Reduce your contacts as much as possible.”

Tam added that the cases of omicron detected in the last days are only “the tip of the iceberg” and that the trend of hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care units “It is increasing in Ontario and Quebec”, which will increase the pressure on the health system.

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