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Canada’s COVID-19 hospitalizations still sharply rising amid Omicron-driven wave: top doctor | FULL

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said on Friday that although there are early indicators suggesting Canada has reached its peak of COVID-19 cases in this Omicron-driven fifth-wave, daily hospitalization numbers are still “rising steeply.” “Although there is a degree of underestimation due to current testing policies, the seven-day average of close to 27,000 cases reported daily as…

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COVID-19: Canada in for "intense" weeks of Omicron infections, data shows | FULL

Canada is set for several “intense” weeks of COVID-19 activity as the Omicron variant continues to drive record infections and hospitalizations, new modelling data suggested on Friday. The projections indicate the Omicron wave could peak at 170,000 cases a day this month, though officials say the numbers are estimates of the “true number of daily cases” that may be…

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COVID-19: Canada broadens $300-a-week benefit amid new restrictions | FULL

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that the federal government is expanding eligibility for its Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit amid new Omicron-related COVID-19 restrictions. It allows any worker to apply for the support if their workplace has been slapped with capacity-limiting restrictions of 50 per cent or more. The announcement comes after provinces across the country have…

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COVID-19: Trudeau makes announcement amid Omicron surge in Canada | LIVE

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, federal ministers and public health officials are expected to make an announcement on Wednesday as cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant continue to surge in the country. The update comes as health professionals and provincial governments including Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec have drawn up battle plans to curb the spread of…

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Canadian officials say COVID-19 restrictions may be lifted once 75% are fully vaccinated | FULL

In the first official glimpse of what life in Canada could be like in the months to come, the Public Health Agency of Canada released potential scenarios for the spring, summer and fall. Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu called it a “roadmap” that will help provinces and territories decide next steps as the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues to…

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Trudeau to announce agreement to produce COVID-19 vaccines in Canada | LIVE

During a Tuesday press conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce the makings of an agreement to produce COVID-19 vaccines within Canada. The deal could help Trudeau tamp down the political headache caused by Canada’s skeletal vaccine production capacity. Canada’s inability to produce any COVID-19 vaccines at home has left the country at the mercy of…

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Coronavirus: Trudeau discusses Canada's COVID-19 response plan after Moderna vaccine approved | LIVE

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is ex[ected to provide an update Wednesday following the approval of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. Officials have said they expect doses of the Moderna vaccine to arrive in Canada within 48 hours of approval. The government has inked a deal to get 168,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of December. Government officials are…

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