Canada’s Chief Public Well being Officer has mentioned that COVID-19 variants now account for almost all of virus instances within the nation.
Dr. Theresa Tam made the feedback at a press convention on Friday, noting that the B.1.1.7 mutation accounts for over 95% of variant instances.
“Variants of concern now characterize the vast majority of reported COVID-19 instances,” Tam mentioned.
Thus far, there have been 106,800 variant instances detected throughout Canada. Of which 102,658 are the B.1.1.7 mutation, whereas the P.1 variant accounts for 3,507 instances, and the B.1.351 for 635.
When requested if officers would shut Canada’s worldwide borders to stop additional unfold of variants, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned that the “importation” of the virus by means of Canada’s borders is “extraordinarily low.”
Trudeau famous the strict testing and quarantine measures in place at each air and land borders have been “efficient” at controlling the unfold, and that the third wave has been largely spurred by group transmission.
“The borders won’t ever be 100% [at stopping] a virus that has the traits of COVID-19,” Tam mentioned. “Even in case you decelerate issues on the border, you continue to want the following phases.”
“Any variants may be squished and flattened when it comes to its exercise if the general public well being measures are in place domestically as properly.”
Dr. Howard Njoo, the Deputy Chief Public Well being Officer, commented that conversations concerning border restrictions “detract” from the “major focus” of public well being measures.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has requested Trudeau to cease worldwide college students from getting into Canada. Trudeau mentioned the request can be “formalized” afterward Friday.
“The virus retains altering. It’s an ongoing occasion,” Tam mentioned. “Because the virus is adapting to the human inhabitants… [what] we’re seeing is that a few of them are extra transmissible.”
“I feel that every one viruses are going to turn into extra transmissible over time.”
Thus far, Canada has seen 1,211,083 COVID-19 instances and 24,169 virus-related deaths.