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More than 40,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Canada, but hospitalizations are falling again – National | Nation World News

At least 40,000 people have died after contracting COVID-19 across Canada since the pandemic began more than two years ago, according to provincial figures, and more than 70 are still dying per day .

More than 40,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Canada, but hospitalizations are falling again - National | Nation World News

Yet hospitalizations and confirmed cases have declined over the past two weeks, indicating that the sixth wave may be over.

As of Friday, 40,217 deaths have been confirmed by provinces and territories.

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Experts have previously said that the actual death toll could be thousands more than the official count due to gaps in data collection, suggesting that nearly two-thirds of all COVID-19-related deaths may have been missed.

Most provinces have shifted to reporting COVID-19 data weekly, with most reporting on Thursday. The official death toll passed 40,000 on May 12, while Ontario and Quebec – which still report daily – added 48 more deaths combined on Friday.

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The seven-day average of new deaths in the past two weeks has hovered around 70, compared to a record 165 seen during the fifth wave earlier this year.

Dozens of new deaths are reported daily despite signs of a weakening sixth wave.

As of Friday, the seven-day average of daily laboratory-confirmed cases sits slightly above 4,630, about 50 percent lower than the rate seen a month ago.

According to the latest figures, the number of people in the hospital currently stands at 5,664, a drop of more than 10 per cent from two weeks ago.

This includes 363 people who are being treated in intensive care units, a number that has ticked down after rising throughout April.

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Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on May 6 that cases appear to have decreased in some provinces and are falling in others, although hospitalizations with COVID-19 in some parts of the country The number of people is more.

TAM warned about a month ago that Canada was in the middle of a sixth wave, driven by the BA.2 subvariant of the highly permeable Omicron variant.

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According to Tam and other public health officials and experts, the BA.2 subvariant is known to be more infectious than omicron and also leading to some re-infection of previous cases.

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Tam and his provincial counterparts have said the number of confirmed cases is probably less than the true number of cases, which could be 10 times higher. Many parts of the country no longer provide laboratory tests for most people after Omicron was overwhelmed by the spread in late 2021.

At the same time, those officials have moved away from broad mandates to allow Canadians to make decisions about how to protect themselves from the latest wave based on their individual health, as well as the setting they are in and their The amount of transmission community.

Most provinces and territories have loosened all or almost all public health restrictions imposed to combat previous waves of the pandemic.

Tam warned on April 1 that the country was in a transition phase and could see more waves of COVID-19 cases this year.

“We anticipate that progress will not be linear, and there will likely be more bumps along the way, including a resurgence in cases this spring, and possibly also in the fall and winter,” she told a news briefing that day.

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Expected COVID-19 resurgence during spring: TAM – April 1, 2022

She said Canadians should wear face coverings and ensure that vaccinations are up to date amid a growing number of cases and a reduction in public health measures.

“I think the bottom line is that everyone should still wear that mask and have those layers of measures, no matter where you are in this country,” she said.

Health officials are continuing to remind Canadians that vaccination, including boosters, is the only way through the pandemic.

Although 90 percent of the eligible population aged five and older have received at least one vaccine dose, and 86 percent are considered fully vaccinated with two doses, less than half of all Canadians receive a third dose received.

The booster is thought to be important in helping prevent severe disease from Omicron, which has proven to be more resilient to existing vaccines.

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Vaccine makers such as Pfizer and Moderna are developing a new generation of shots that will be designed to target more transmissible strains such as Omicron.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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