Canada’s top doctor says that even though the average daily COVID-19 case count across the country is 30 percent lower than last week, it’s not an accurate reflection of the state of the pandemic.
Dr Theresa Tam says targeted testing policies and low testing continue to underestimate the number of actual infections, noting that trends in serious illness are still rising in most jurisdictions and hospitalizations are increasing in all age groups. rate is increasing.
Quebec announced that it will begin tracking COVID-19 rapid test results through an online portal, although experts question its usefulness and the accuracy of such data.
Health Minister Christian Dubey says the government-run platform will help Quebec better track COVID-19 transmission in the community, noting that publicly-run PCR tests are conducted in high-risk groups reserved for the people of
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New Brunswick’s health minister said that as COVID cases fueled by the highly-infectious Omicron variant continue to strain hospitals, most emergency room patients can be treated outside hospitals.
A day after the overall record of 1,443, Alberta recorded its second-highest rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations with 1,418.
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