December 27, 2021–More provinces have tightened public health restrictions as the Omicron variant sent Canada’s COVID-19 cases soaring past the two million mark and raised fears of a post-holiday hospital spike. The government of Canada’s health website said the total case count was 2,000,976 as of Boxing Day. The website wasn’t updated over the holiday...
Turkey dinners and cancelled plans: Canadians weigh danger of COVID-19 over holidays
On Dec 24, 2021, Quebec reported a new record of just over 10,000 cases, and Ontario broke its highest count with nearly 9,571. British Columbia announced a new high of 2,144 infections and Manitoba broke its record with 742.
Quebec reports record 4,571 COVID-19 cases as public health measures come into force
Quebec province announced 4,571 new COVID-19 infections, a new single-day record.
What Canadian health officials know so far about the Omicron variant of COVID-19
Public health officials warn the Omicron variant could propel an enormous spike in COVID-19 cases over the next few months. But there’s still a lot scientists need to learn about the latest mutation. Here’s what Canadian public health officials know about the variant so far: Prevalence — Almost 350 confirmed cases have been reported in...
Canadians urged to get COVID-19 booster jabs as Omicron concerns grow
"What choices we make as Canadians over the next week or two will determine how bad the rest of our winter is — how many people we lose, how overwhelmed our hospitals get, how much we're going to take a hit in our economy," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Omicron spreading faster than any other variant: WHO chief
“Let me be very clear. WHO is not against boosters. We’re against inequity. Our main concern is (to) save lives, everywhere,” Tedros said. "Giving boosters to groups at low risk of severe disease or death simply endangers the lives of those at higher risk or still waiting for their primary dose because of supply constraints."
COVID-19 resurgence forecast for Canada, worse if Omicron replaces Delta: Tam
Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says if it's assumed the Omicron variant is three times more transmissible than Delta and becomes dominant, then Canada could see 26,600 daily cases by then.
Southern African leaders slam travel bans over Omicron
JOHANNESBURG – Southern African leaders have expressed disappointment over decisions taken by several countries to ban travel from half a dozen Southern African Development Community member states (SADC) following the detection of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. “The unilateral travel bans now imposed on SADC countries by the United Kingdom, European Union, United States,...
Ontario detects Canada’s first two known cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant
TORONTO — Ontario detected Canada’s first two known cases of Omicron on Sunday, a new COVID-19 variant of concern that has led to a slate of fresh border restrictions around the world. Both cases of the variant were found in the Ottawa area in people who had recently been in Nigeria, Ontario Health Minister Christine...