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Coronavirus: Serious illness trends continue to rise, says Tam

Coronavirus: Serious illness trends continue to rise, says Tam

Canada’s top doctor says that while the average daily number of COVID-19 cases across the country is down 30% from last week, that doesn’t accurately reflect the state of the pandemic.

Dr Theresa Tam says targeted screening policies and reduced testing continue to underestimate the number of true infections, noting that serious illness trends continue to rise in most jurisdictions and hospitalization rates increase in all age groups.

Quebec has announced it will begin tracking rapid COVID-19 test results through an online portal, though experts question its usefulness and the accuracy of that data.

Health Minister Christian Dube said the government-run platform will help Quebec better track the transmission of COVID-19 in the community, given that public PCR tests are reserved for people in groups at high risk.

COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissible variant of Omicron continue to strain hospitals, with New Brunswick’s health minister saying most ER patients could be treated outside of hospitals .

Alberta recorded its second highest rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations at 1,418, one day after an overall record of 1,443.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 27, 2022.