An “Omicron tsunami” has swept across Canada… and continues to wreak havoc

An «Omicron tsunami

Analysis of blood tests reveals more than 17 million Canadians may have been infected by Omicron in just five months. That's according to new data released Wednesday morning by the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (TICG).

Based on an analysis of data from 21 studies funded by the Government of Canada, the working group was therefore able to draw a portrait of the extent of the Omicron wave in Canada.

Thus, studies show that, before the arrival of Omicron, approximately 7% of Canadians had antibodies against the COVID-19 virus. However, between December 2021 and May 2022, the proportion of Canadians with antibodies would have increased by 45 percentage points to reach 52%.

“Omicron has been a tsunami,” said GTIC Executive Director Dr. Tim Evans. “Across the country, our analysis of the data suggests that 17 million Canadians had an infection with Omicron between December and May, an average of more than 100,000 infections per day,” he added in a press release.

The sub-variants of Omicron continue to wreak havoc in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada today. Yesterday, the government announced 20 additional deaths and an increase in hospitalizations.

Over 50 hospitalizations in Quebec

Quebec reports an increase of 56 hospitalizations, for a total of 1,497 people currently bedridden in hospitals. In terms of intensive care, the province recorded an increase of one person, for a total of 40 people admitted to these units.

The government report also lists 13 new deaths on this new day. The human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has now reached 15,630 deaths in Quebec.

As for new infections, 1,839 new cases have been reported. However, it should be noted that the number of cases listed is not representative of the current situation, since access to screening centers is reserved for priority clienteles.

In the health network, 7,041 workers are still absent for reasons related to COVID-19.

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