COVID-19 kills 4 more in N.B., 44% increase in sick health-care workers, new subvariant found – CBC

Hospitalizations, new cases and active cases continue to rise, weekly figures show

Oct 18, 2022

COVID-19 has killed four more New Brunswickers, the number of sick health-care workers has jumped 44 per cent, and hospitalizations and new cases continue to rise, figures released Tuesday show.

A new Omicron subvariant with mutations shown to allow it to better evade immunity from vaccination and prior infection has also been confirmed in the province.

A single case of BA.2.75.2 was detected in September, confirmed Department of Health spokesperson Adam Bowie, although it was not listed separately in any of the weekly COVIDWatch reports since then.

“This would have been included within the ‘BA.2’ percentages of samples,” Bowie said in an emailed statement.

The COVIDWatch report provides a breakdown of the five “major branches of the Omicron variant (i.e. BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, and BA.5), each of which may have sub-variants contained within,” he said.

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