Friday 24 September 2021

Canada has average of 2,200 people in hospital with COVID-19, about 700 in ICU

Global News in Canada shows that Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday that the country is seeing a daily average of 2,200 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 and of those, about 700 are in intensive care units. She added that based on the 7-day average, 36 deaths a day due to COVID-19 infections.

And according to Canada's deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo, the best way to protect children under the age of 12 who are not eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine from getting sick and staying in school is for the adults around them to receive the shots.

The update comes as Alberta finds its hospitals pushed to the limits due to a surge in COVID-19 cases. The province has been in the national spotlight for weeks over its handling of the fourth wave, following a relaxation of protective measures in the summer.

The Canadian health update also follows the the USA authorizing booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk groups. 

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is still reviewing whether booster shots would be needed in the broader population.

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