Canada reports over 20K new COVID-19 cases amid record-breaking Omicron surge

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Canada’s two largest provinces reported record high COVID-19 case counts Thursday, as preliminary data from Britain indicated that people with the Omicron variant are up to 70 per cent less likely to need hospitalization than those with the Delta mutation.

In total, Canada added 20,192 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday — pushing the national total to over 1. 94 million infections.

Another 19 COVID-related deaths were also added by the provinces, raising the death toll to 30,131. More than 1. 81 million patients have recovered from the disease however, though there are currently over active 98,000 cases.

In Quebec, the provincial government reported 9,397 new cases and a rise of 28 COVID-19-related hospitalizations, for a total of 473. Six more deaths were also reported by the province due to the novel coronavirus.

As well, exponential growth in COVID-19 cases was reported in Montreal, where a top health official confirmed that one of every five tests for the virus was coming back positive. Dr. Mylene Drouin said that 60 per cent of the positive cases in Montreal were among people between the ages of 18 and 44, adding that the city’s latest data also confirm that 90 per cent of new infections involved the Omicron variant.

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