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Covid-19 variants spreading rapidly in Canada

Some provinces in Canada have eased restrictions after cases began to fall last month but Covid-19 variants are spreading quickly across Canada after that.

On Wednesday a total of 4,086 “variants of concern” cases have been reported across Canada with an increase of 468 new infections of these variants since Monday as informed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

According to the update ‘variants of concern’ now are 3,777 B.1.1.7, 238 B.1.351, and 71 P.1 strains.

Ontario reported 1,131 cases, Alberta reported 1,028 cases and British Columbia reported 921 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. This variant of coronavirus is said to be 35% to 40% more contagious.

Meanwhile, Canada reported a total of 918,262 cases and 22,546 deaths due to Covid-19.

Theresa Tam, Canada’s public health officials said on Wednesday that average daily case counts are on the rise now. She also said that national data show a seven-day average of 3,194 new cases starting 10th March. She further added there are 31,517 active cases across Canada.

Tam again tweeted that maintaining public health measures and individual precautions is crucial to reducing infection rates. These measures are important to avoid a rapid resurge and its severe outcomes.

According to the health experts, it is time for Canada to take strict measures after considering the people of Canada had relaxed quite a bit after the number of cases fell in early January.


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