Booster shots and COVID test kits top Canadians’ wishlists

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On the eve of the Christmas holidays, COVID-19 booster injections and rapid test kits topped the wishlists of many Canadians as the number of cases skyrocket to record highs across much of the country .

On the eve of the Christmas holidays, COVID-19 booster injections and rapid test kits topped the wishlists of many Canadians as the number of cases skyrocket to record highs across much of the country .

Fueled by the explosive growth of the Omicron variant, Quebec reported 9,397 cases on Thursday and Ontario 5,790, while coronavirus cases in British Columbia surpassed 2,000 for the first time.

In Montreal, a senior health official, Dr. Mylène Drouin, confirmed that one in five tests for the virus came back positive, that 60% of positive cases were in people aged 18 to 44 and that 90% of new the infections involved the Omicron variant.

Records of COVID cases have also been broken in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Most provinces, except Saskatchewan, have responded by reinstating more stringent public health measures, including in some cases caps on social gatherings, capacity limits for many venues and the closure of some. companies.

People line up, often for hours, to get highly sought after booster shots as well as rapid test kits to try and make sure holiday gatherings are as safe as possible.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam says the Omicron variant is now the dominant mutation of COVID-19 in several provinces and urgent action is needed to curb its spread.

Meanwhile, on a potentially positive note, the latest preliminary findings from the UK Health Security Agency add to emerging evidence that Omicron produces significantly milder disease than other variants, such as Delta, although it is spreading a lot. faster and escape vaccines better.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 24, 2021.

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