Rising number of cases prompts US to issue travel advisory for Canada

Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will do everything possible to help provinces and territories deal with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections fueled by the Omicron variant threaten to overwhelm healthcare systems.

The Prime Minister spoke to provincial and territorial leaders yesterday, and a statement released by his office said he assured them there were enough doses of the vaccine available for all eligible Canadians to receive a third injection reminder.

The federal government said provinces and territories will receive a total of 140 million rapid tests this month, although the release did not provide any new details on the date of deliveries.

The statement said Trudeau also stressed the need to promote supportive programs, such as the federal wage subsidy, to help people and businesses survive the latest public health closures and restrictions.

The call with the premiers came as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across Canada.

Quebec reported an all-time high of 2,554 patients, including 248 in intensive care, while Ontario confirmed 2,467 hospitalizations and 438 intensive care patients.

The provinces also recorded a combined total of 20,279 new COVID cases, although the actual number is likely much higher due to a lack of access to testing.

The rampant spread of the Omicron variant has fueled alarms south of the border, where the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new level 4 “avoid travel” advisory for Canada, citing a level “Very high” of COVID-19 in the countryside. He urged everyone who has to go to be fully immunized.

This promptly prompted the State Department to revise its travel advisory, which was at Level 3, “reconsider travel,” to move its advisory to Level 4: “Do not travel to Canada due to COVID-19. “

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 11, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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