- On Monday, some provinces issued updates on COVID-19 hospitalizations, highlighting an increase in case numbers caused by the novel coronavirus’s fast-spreading Omicron variant.
- Quebec’s health minister urged people to limit their contact after their hospitalizations increased by more than 140 in four days.
According to Christian Dube on Twitter, between December 22 and 26, 320 people were admitted to hospitals, and 179 were released. He noted that hospital admissions are increasing, with 93 people accepted on Boxing Day alone.
“We need to limit contacts,” he wrote on the social media platform. Ontario reported 9,418 new cases of COVID-19, a slight decrease from the previous day’s record-breaking numbers.
According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 480 people were hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, with 176 admitted to intensive care units. The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19-related patients in intensive care now stands at 168. Elliott also stated that not all hospitals report data on weekends.
Meanwhile, health officials in Nova Scotia reported an outbreak at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre’s Halifax Infirmary. They did not say how many patients tested positive, but they did say that fewer than five had been “impacted.”
Covid: The Omicron variant has caused a surge in 19 cases across Canada.
Quebec had 8,231 cases reported, while Nova Scotia had 581. However, healthcare analysts believe the actual number of cases is likely much higher despite their high number.
As hospitals and testing centers have reached their capacity, several provinces have asked people only to get tested if they have symptoms. Meanwhile, Quebec has warned that the increased use of rapid tests will likely impact the accuracy of the case count.
Manitoba announced that take-home, self-administered rapid tests would be available at local testing sites.
According to Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon, most symptomatic and fully vaccinated people who visit testing sites will be given a rapid test to take home and will only be asked to return for a PCR if the result is positive.
Source: CTV News
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