Canada sees record-breaking 14,456 new COVID-19 cases amid Omicron spread

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Canada added a grounds 14,456 caller cases of COVID-19 connected Wednesday arsenic the national authorities revealed expanded assistance benefits to assistance those impacted by the accelerated dispersed of Omicron.

The caller infections brings Canada’s full fig of COVID-19 cases to 1,922,227. Another 27 deaths linked to COVID-19 were announced Canada-wide arsenic well, pushing the decease toll to 30,112.

So far, much than 1.8 cardinal patients person recovered aft being diagnosed with COVID-19, and 65,807,168 vaccinations person been administered to date.

The caller regular infections tallied connected Wednesday correspond the highest ever caller infections recorded successful a azygous time truthful acold since the pandemic, according to Global News data.

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Currently, the information besides points to Canada registering different pandemic high: a seven-day mean of 8,930 cases arsenic of Dec. 21.

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COVID-19: Canada broadens Worker Lockdown Benefit arsenic Omicron prompts caller restrictions

Wednesday’s figures travel amid increasing concerns from authorities and nationalist wellness officials implicit the dispersed of the new, highly-contagious Omicron COVID-19 variant.

In a property briefing Wednesday, Canada’s main nationalist wellness serviceman Dr. Theresa Tam said that determination were astatine slightest 2,360 confirmed cases of the variant identified successful the state to date.

Since the variant was archetypal identified successful Canada, provinces similar Ontario, B.C. and Quebec person re-enacted strict nationalist wellness restrictions successful the past respective weeks to curb a accelerated emergence successful COVID-19 cases.

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In effect to the nationalist wellness measures — which see limiting the capacities of restaurants and stores by 50 per cent — the national authorities connected Wednesday introduced an enlargement to the eligibility of its caller Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB).

The enlargement present allows for immoderate idiosyncratic to use for the $300-per-week programme if their workplace has been deed with the capacity-limiting regularisation of 50 per cent oregon more.

The expanded eligibility lone applies until Feb. 12, 2022, portion the the CWLB lasts until May 7, 2022.

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COVID-19: More than 2,300 confirmed Omicron cases successful Canada to date, Tam says

You would besides request to person mislaid 50 per cent oregon much of your income arsenic a effect of capableness limits successful bid to use for the benefit, according to the government.

“We’re temporarily expanding eligibility for cardinal programs. For the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit and the Local Lockdown program, you volition beryllium capable to use if you’re taxable to capacity-limiting restrictions,” announced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier Wednesday.

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“Here’s the bottommost line: we need, each of us, (to) bash what it takes truthful Canadians are protected and to person what you request to upwind the storm.”

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Last Thursday, determination were much than 43,000 progressive COVID-19 cases crossed Canada — a fig that has astir doubled successful little than a week, lasting present astatine conscionable implicit 82,000.

“In little than a week, we’ve seen a accelerated acceleration of epidemic enactment successful locations crossed Canada,” said Tam.

“While Delta is inactive spreading successful galore areas, Omicron is progressively liable for a accelerated emergence successful lawsuit counts.”

Tam warned that infections successful Canada could beryllium higher by the opening of the caller twelvemonth unless the dispersed is slowed.

Trudeau, meanwhile, urged Canadians to “hunker down successful the coming weeks.”

“I cognize cipher wants to beryllium successful this concern close now, but Canadians person shown we’re determination for our neighbours, we’re determination for our astir vulnerable, we’re determination for our front-line health-care workers … we cognize that arsenic agelong and acheronian arsenic winters tin be, outpouring is coming and outpouring volition beryllium amended if we hunker down successful the coming weeks,” Trudeau said.

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COVID-19: New fiscal enactment for Canadian businesses, workers deed by Omicron

With Canada reporting its highest-ever single-day precocious successful caller cases, respective provinces person besides released regular lawsuit counts not seen successful months.

Ontario reported its highest single-day number since precocious April with implicit 4,380 caller COVID cases connected Wednesday, pushing their provincial full to much than 661,500.

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Cases successful the state person much than doubled since past week, with caller cases successful the state lasting astatine conscionable implicit 1,800 past Wednesday.

In Quebec, cases of COVID-19 are rising “exponentially” according to Premier Francois Legault Wednesday.

About 6,361 caller cases of COVID-19 were officially recorded connected Wednesday, though Legault said that the state had recorded astir 9,000 caller cases, immoderate of which would beryllium added to Thursday’s authoritative total.

Wednesday marks the 5th consecutive time Quebec has reported a grounds fig of infections.

“In the past week, the fig of COVID cases has tripled. We person contiguous astir 9,000 caller cases, and we expect hospitalizations to proceed to increase,” said Legault successful a property conference.

“Our extremity remains the same: to support our hospitals truthful that we tin proceed to dainty each those who request it.”

British Columbia connected Wednesday besides smashed its erstwhile single-day grounds of caller COVID-19 cases with 1,474 much infections connected Dec. 22.

In the Prairies, lawsuit counts person besides drastically increased.

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Alberta confirmed implicit 1,300 caller cases of COVID-19, of which 522 were confirmed to beryllium the Omicron variant.

Manitoba reported its highest one-day leap successful caller COVID-19 cases since precocious May, with 400 caller infections and 2 much deaths Wednesday.

Officials successful Saskatchewan added 105 much cases of COVID-19 connected Wednesday, arsenic good arsenic 1 much death.

Provinces successful Atlantic Canada person besides seen a record-shattering week for their lawsuit counts.

Nova Scotia broke its regular lawsuit number grounds for the seventh time successful a enactment connected Wednesday with 537 caller cases. New Brunswick added a grounds 237 caller cases connected Wednesday — the highest since the pandemic began.

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Newfoundland and Labrador added different 60 cases connected Wednesday, portion P.E.I. posted its highest single-day summation with 33 caller cases.

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