Trudeau warns Canada faces a serious third wave of Covid-19 cases as officials toughen lockdown measures

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Canada is scrambling to deal with a punishing third wave of the pandemic as several provinces have broken records for new daily cases of Covid-19 and hospital and ICU admissions.”Canada continues to face an incredibly serious situation with this third wave, cases are rising rapidly in many cases, in many places, numbers are higher than they have ever been before and many hospitals are stretched way too thin,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a press conference Friday in Ottawa. He said the situation was particularly grave in Ontario, with Toronto now seeing records shattered and hospital beds filling up. Ontario broke more pandemic records Friday for daily cases, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions. There was a 35% increase in hospitalizations and a more than 20% increase in ICU admissions in the last week alone, public health officials said. More worrying is the 38% increase in deaths in the last week, they said. The situation is particularly serious in Ontario, Canada’s most populated province. “Notice that our hospitals can no longer function normally, they are bursting at their seams,” said Dr. Adalsteinn Brown.

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