Over a one-week span, Canada’s chief public health officer recorded more than 20 per cent rise in both hospitalizations and ICU patients. Five cases of unusual blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine have also been recorded in Canada.
Meanwhile, Ontario’s premier resurrected his oft-repeated demands for Ottawa to suspend all non-essential cross-border travel. Over the same time span, the total number of new daily cases dropped by 2.6 per cent. However, every day, there are 21 per cent more people who need intensive care than the previous week.
On Saturday, Ford released a statement saying he is “highly concerned” about the new variant. “Right now, the U.K. version that got through our borders is stretching our ICU capability to its limits,” he said.
According to data from the Ontario government, 833 of the 2,277 patients in provincial hospitals are in intensive care. The number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed by health officials in that city has surpassed 50 for the first time in a year.