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Canada surpasses 2 million COVID-19 circumstances as Omicron variant continues surge – Nationwide

Canada surpasses 2 million COVID-19 circumstances as Omicron variant continues surge – Nationwide

With Canada recording greater than two million whole COVID-19 circumstances, there are mounting considerations over how provincial well being techniques will address an anticipated surge in circumstances after the vacations.

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas mentioned her members are bracing themselves for the “large bump” normally seen two weeks after publicity to the virus. She added there are worries hospital might develop into overwhelmed with new circumstances because of vacation gatherings and the extremely transmissible Omicron variant.

A number of provinces reported report excessive each day case counts over the Christmas weekend.

Quebec reported 8,231 circumstances, and Well being Minister Christian Dube urged individuals to cut back contacts after hospitalizations climbed by greater than 140 over a four-day interval. Dube tweeted that 320 individuals have been admitted to hospital whereas 179 have been launched between Dec. 22 and 26. On Monday, Montreal’s government committee renewed the native state of emergency that was declared on Dec. 21 for an additional 5 days.

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Manitoba introduced new public well being restrictions on Monday after recording eight new COVID-19 associated deaths and a couple of,154 circumstances over a three-day interval. As of 12:01 a.m., indoor and out of doors gatherings are actually capped at 50 per cent of the venue’s capability or 250 individuals, whichever is fewer.

New restrictions are additionally now in impact in New Brunswick, the place the province introduced it will impose a 50 per cent capability restrict on eating places, shops, bars, gyms and different institutions after officers reported 639 new circumstances of COVID-19 over a three-day interval.

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COVID-19: Masks more and more vital as Omicron variant spreads

COVID-19: Masks more and more vital as Omicron variant spreads

Elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador reported a report 357 infections within the final three days, whereas Prince Edward Island reported 156 circumstances over the identical interval. Nova Scotia recorded 581 COVID-19 circumstances, together with an outbreak on the Halifax Infirmary website of the Queen Elizabeth II Well being Sciences Centre.

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Additionally on Monday, Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan confirmed he had examined constructive for COVID-19 after taking a fast take a look at. He tweeted he’ll stay in isolation and proceed to comply with public well being pointers, however didn’t share any particulars in regards to the state of his well being or the place he could have contracted the virus.

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