Public health officials in Canada said that the B.1.1.7 variant may now have replaced the original Covid-19 virus in many parts of Canada, adding that the new variant is making young people sick and sending more people to hospitals.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “This is not the news that all of us want, but the number of hospitalizations is soaring, the number of beds in the intensive care unit is increasing, and various germs are spreading. People who need to worry are also getting sick.” said at a press conference on Tuesday.
He added that this is the “very serious”
Trudeau issued a strong appeal to young people, urging them to “stay at home” and said that young Canadians were sick in the third wave.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said that in the last week alone, the intensive care unit increased by 18%, and said the new treatment plan has put a “heavy burden” on the hospital’s treatment capacity.
“As the infection rate increases, we are seeing more and more young patients with COVID-19 being treated in hospitals,” said Dr. Tamsa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
She added: “Many people are getting worse rapidly and must be sent to the ICU immediately, and then they spend a considerable amount of time in the ICU, which also affects capacity.”
Tam explained that although hospitalization has not increased sharply, their condition has been aggravated by the variants, and more hospitalized patients now require intensive care. She added that so far, more than 15,000 variants have been discovered, most of which are B.1.1.7 variants, which were first discovered in the UK.
Although the B.1.1.7 variant may now become the main variant in Canada, Tam said that her team is also paying close attention to the major outbreak of P.1. Variants, first discovered in Brazil, are now proliferating in some provinces in western Canada.
On Monday, the Minister of Health of British Columbia said the number of P.1 cases. Over the Easter holiday weekend, the variant of his province almost doubled.
The minister said at a Covid briefing on Monday: “The most translucent variant of COVID-19 will eventually be taken over.”
British Columbia has closed the Whistler ski resort and further restricted gatherings in the province, and is now also responding to a virus outbreak among NHL hockey players with the Vancouver Kanak (NHV).
Alberta has also confirmed that it is processing new cases involving P.1 cases. Variants.
At the same time, as ICU capabilities are increasingly strained, Ontario is debating new and more restrictive measures, including standby at home.