Omicron variant caseload expected to ‘rapidly escalate’ in the coming days, Tam says – CBC

Canadians need to get booster shots, limit contacts to prevent uncontrollable spike in cases, top doctor says

Dec 13, 2021

Canada’s chief public health officer said today there is evidence of community spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant and new COVID-19 cases are expected to “rapidly escalate” in the coming days.

Dr. Theresa Tam said there is “great spread potential” with omicron and the situation in Canada is a “few days or maybe a week” behind the U.K. — where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today said that the country is dealing with a “tidal wave” of new infections, with the caseload doubling every two or three days as the variant takes hold.

“We know how to work together to flatten that curve and we need to do that pretty rapidly, starting now,” Tam said. “As with other waves of the pandemic, rapid action and reducing contact [are] key to preventing that very sharp peak.”

In Ontario, COVID-19 cases have doubled in two weeks’ time, with 1,328 new cases reported today. Some communities — notably Kingston, Ont. — have seen conditions rapidly deteriorate with hundreds of new cases posted over the weekend, pushing case counts to the highest level seen since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/omicron-rapidly-escalate-canada-1.6284011

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