Western provinces driving Canada’s 4th COVID-19 wave as physicians warn cases ‘out of control’ – CBC

High infection rates put pressure on hospitals, but health precautions a patchwork

Sep 01, 2021

Canada’s western provinces are largely driving the country’s fourth wave of COVID-19 cases, and physicians are now raising the alarm — saying lax and late public health measures helped spark a rise in serious infections that’s already putting pressure on hospitals and impacting patient care.

In British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, infection rates are high above the country’s average and far beyond every province to the east, including Ontario, whose population is larger than all three westernmost provinces combined.

The rate of cases in the last seven days in B.C. was 93 per 100,000 people as of Aug. 30, federal data shows, with Alberta’s rate at 159 and Saskatchewan’s at 135 — with no province to the east hitting more than 43.

In terms of raw case growth, Alberta currently has the most new infections in the country, with more than 7,000 cases reported in one week.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canada-western-provinces-covid-case-growth-1.6160025

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