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COVID-19 variants heighten risk of hospitalization and death: Report

CA, 27 Mar 2021
We have new insight into where Canada stands in the race between vaccines and coronavirus variants — and it isn’t looking good. Over the last two weeks, daily cases have jumped more than 30 per cent. With highly contagious variants in the mix, Canada is at risk of a dangerous COVID-19 surge. New data out of Ontario is fuelling concerns about the new variants. A group of experts has found the risk of hospitalization and death is much higher than the original version of the virus.

New national public health modelling, released Friday, acknowledges the progress Canada has made in getting older, more vulnerable populations vaccinated, but yet again emphasizes the threat virus variants, like the B.1.1.7 variant, bring to Canadians who aren’t yet up for vaccination.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, said the potential increased severity of this variant is reflected in the new data. It shows the numbers of cases have declined in Canadians aged 80 and older, but are rising among those aged 20 to 39.

Mike Le Couteur has our top story.


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