Canadian COVID-19 cases jump 78% in a week: Dr. Theresa Tam

Jan 5 2022, 9:13 pm

There has been a substantial increase in the number of COVID cases right across the country, but with testing challenges, that number could actually be much higher.

In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, said the latest seven-day average of 40,696 cases per day is a 78% increase from last week.

Dr. Tam warns that the number could actually be substantially higher, as many provinces continue to deal with testing capacity issues.

In a tweet, she says, “Though very high activity levels that challenge testing capacity may underestimate true case numbers, other indicators remain useful to monitor trends in overall disease activity (e.g., test positivity) & severity (hospitalizations etc.).”

In BC, there have been massive lineups at testing sites for weeks, and people in some health regions have been told to not get a test unless they are displaying certain symptoms.

The Omicron variant of concern is now the predominant strain of COVID-19 in Canada and is found in the majority of COVID-19 tests across most of the country.

Tam says, “Not surprisingly, as exponential growth of #Omicron continues, these trends are all rising; in the past most recent 7-days % lab test positivity increased by 28%, while average daily hospital/ICU numbers increased by 82% and 20% respectively.”

“With more challenges expected before things improve, it’s even more important to do everything we can now to reduce our risk of exposure & spreading the virus. Think more & better layers of protection, used consistently,” states Tam.

The federal government, along with local health authorities, continues to advocate for the use of layered masks.

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Dr. Tam also outlined some simple ways we can reduce our risks.

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On Wednesday, the federal government announced that 140 million rapid testing kits were being sent to provinces across the country.

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