The COVID-19 variants that are behind the third wave sweeping in Ontario are attacking younger people who are now more numerous in intensive care, show the latest models released on Thursday.
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According to Ontario health authorities, the risk of ICU admission is twice as high, while the risk of death is 1.5 times higher with the UK variant (B.1.1.7), Global News reports .
“We are in the third wave of the pandemic. As the new variants spread, you’re going to see COVID kill faster, and the younger ones, ”said Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, co-chair of the Ontario Science Advisory Table on COVID-19 at a press briefing.
Cases are on the rise and the test positivity rate is above the red line of control in most public health units, according to the documents.
Ontario reported 2,557 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the eighth day the toll exceeds 2,000 daily cases.
Dr Brown added that now entire families are hospitalized and because some hospitals are overcrowded some are separated into various facilities.
Health officials have also warned that the increase in intensive care admissions due to COVID is threatening the ability of hospitals to care for patients with other problems, including “regular intensive care admissions.”
No fewer than 245,367 surgical cases are pending in Ontario due to the pandemic.
Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce a four-week, province-wide shutdown today due to increased cases and intensive care admissions that are about to overwhelm hospitals.
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