“This is not the news we want. But hospitalization is rising, ICU beds are crowded, things are spreading, and even those who believe they don’t need to worry are sick, “Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference today. Tuesday said this is the third wave of a “very serious” epidemic.
The Canadian health agency said exposure to critically ill patients rose 18% in the past week and that the new strain is building. “Heavy stress” on the ability of the hospital.
“Many of them deteriorated quite quickly and had to go to the ICU immediately, and then they spent quite a long time in the ICU, meaning it had an impact on their abilities as well,” Tam said.
While hospitalizations have not increased dramatically, many patients admitted now require critical care as different strains make them more seriously ill, she said.
In Toronto, health officials ordered all primary and secondary schools to stop self-learning and switch to remote learning, effective Wednesday as they tried to “Reverse the spread of the infection that the province is currently facing,” Toronto Public Health said.
Ontario, whose capital is Toronto, is debating new and more stringent measures, including an order to stay at home, as the ICU’s capabilities become increasingly tense.
Orders will take place from April 7-18 according to instructions issued on Tuesday and may be extended.
“The current situation requires tough local decisions to protect everyone in our school community, including students, teachers and staff,” Toronto Public Health said.
British Columbia has moved to close the Whistler ski resort and restrict further gatherings in the province, which is now facing a viral epidemic among NHL hockey players with Vancouver Canucks.
This week, Canada has more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak. All Canadians have been “reminders” of the past.
While the B.1.1.7 variant is likely to become the dominant variant in Canada, Tam said her team is keeping a close eye on an outbreak of the P.1 variant, first detected in Brazil and is now. Increase in some western Canada provinces.
On Monday, British Columbia’s Health Minister said the number of people infected with P.1 in his province nearly doubled over the Easter weekend.
“The most invasive species of COVID-19 is finally taking over,” Adrian Dix said in an update on Monday.
CNN’s Elizabeth Stuart and Theresa Waldrop contributed to this report.