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Article image Public Health Canada warns of resurgence of COVID variants

Article image Public Health Canada warns of resurgence of COVID variants”

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COVID-19 variants, like B.1.1.7, which is thought to have originated in the United Kingdom, now account for a high proportion of new cases - representing half of all new cases in some areas.

All six provinces west of the Atlantic region are now experiencing, or likely to experience, a resurgence in cases "in the coming days and weeks", she noted, adding that jurisdictions need to clamp down on rapid spread quickly.

The data released today by the Public Health Agency of Canada shows that while the number of cases have declined in Canadians aged 80 and older, incidence rates are highest among young adults aged 20 to 39.

Tam says infections among younger, more mobile and social age groups pose an ongoing risk for spread into high-risk populations.

As of Thursday, Canada had reported 22,790 deaths and 951,562 total coronavirus cases. "We are closer now than ever, but it's still too soon to relax measures".

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"Given the profound period of global demand for vaccine, there will continue to be bumps along the way..."

"We are now seeing that supply surge and it is set to continue". She said the delayed shipment has been approved already for export and will arrive "a few days later".

"I've been very complimentary and collaborative with the federal government, but enough's enough", he said. "This is becoming a joke", said Ford. "As long as we have a supply of vaccine, then we have the ability to get them out in Bowie County", he said, complimenting efforts at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, a state-designated rural vaccination hub, as well as at the county Health Department.

And despite being approved three weeks ago by Health Canada, Johnson & Johnson still hasn't confirmed delivery dates for the any of the 10 million doses of its one-shot vaccine that Canada has ordered.

"That is six million more doses coming to Canada, between now and April 18", Anand said. Asked whether it's time to reassess that province's restrictions, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney cast doubt on Tam's past predictions, saying that in his view they have been proved to be "spectacularly inaccurate", though the most recent past modelling accurately predicted the current uptick in variant spread.

Tam said more than 7,100 cases of variants of concern have been reported across Canada, with B.1.1.7, first identified in the United Kingdom, making up 90 per cent of those cases.



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