COVID-19: Why are so many patients on call in hospitals?

Nearly 80 percent of the Canadian population has been vaccinated with at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, with studies pointing to the protective benefits of these vaccines, it may be enigmatic to see that the majority of virus-related hospitalizations in most provinces involve people who are fully vaccinated against the disease. In … Read more

Coronavirus: Serious disease trends are still rising, Tam says

Canada’s top doctor says that although the average daily number of COVID-19 cases nationwide has dropped by 30 percent compared to last week, it is not an accurate reflection of the state of the pandemic. Dr. Theresa Tam says targeted testing policies and reduced testing continue to underestimate the number of true infections, noting that … Read more

Truck convoy: Industry group condemns protest

OTTAWA – A federation representing truck drivers across Canada has condemned a series of planned protests against the federal government’s mandate for cross-border travel vaccines, arguing that such demonstrations are not a safe or effective way to resist policy. The Canadian Trucking Alliance spoke out against the ongoing protests in a statement issued 24 hours … Read more

Truck convoy: Industry group condemns protest

OTTAWA – A Canadian association of provincial truck groups speaks out against planned protests by unvaccinated truck drivers who oppose a vaccine mandate for cross-border travel. The Canadian Trucking Alliance issued a statement on Saturday saying it does not support and “strongly rejects” protests staged on public roads, highways and bridges. Alliance President Stephen Laskowski … Read more

Omicron’s potential top has experts cautiously optimistic

Canada’s top doctor has said that the latest wave of COVID-19 powered by the Omicron variant may have reached its peak. But while the modeling seems encouraging, experts say the news should be interpreted with cautious optimism. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters on Friday that there are “early indications that … Read more

The Omicron wave has probably peaked in Canada: Tam

The latest COVID-19 wave driven by the Omicron variant may have reached its peak, with the average daily number of cases falling by 28 percent compared to the previous week, says Canada’s top public health official. But hospitalizations and intensive care units, which lag behind infections, are still rising. “ICU numbers are still rising sharply,” … Read more

Coronavirus: Omicron peaks in some provinces

The Omicron-driven fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be peaking in some provinces, while others say the worst is likely to come. The Saskatchewan Health Authority says it is preparing for a wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations and absenteeism among workers until mid-February, while Alberta says hospitalization rates are rising to levels not seen … Read more

Tam: Omicron infectious up to 10 days

OTTAWA – The latest evidence does not show that the Omicron variant is contagious for a shorter time than previous versions of the virus that causes COVID-19, said public health chief Dr. Theresa Tam Tuesday. But Tam told the House of Commons Health Committee that the large number of Omicron infections is stressing the workforce … Read more

COVID-19: Experts worried about the next Omicron as more become infected

Omicron’s spread has been so widespread that few families have not been affected by it at all – and for some families, that means they have to worry about their children. In the Toronto area, Sarah Bankuti watched while her newborn baby Aviv spent Saturday in the hospital with COVID-19. “Very scary because my daughter, … Read more

Back to school in 4 provinces while Omicron spreads

OTTAWA – Parents and teachers in four provinces are preparing for students to return to the classroom on Monday as the Omicron variant fuel wave of COVID-19 continues to spread and there are still questions about how prepared the schools actually are is about to come back in full scale. Children in Ontario and Quebec, … Read more