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Canada nearing peak of second wave of COVID-19, Tam says

FILE - Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s chief public health officer says the country is nearing the peak of the second wave of COVID-19, as several provinces are struggling to contain new outbreaks.

Dr. Theresa Tam’s statement comes as Ontario reported a record 4,456 cases of COVID-19 today.

Tam says intensive care admissions across the country increased by 23 per cent over the last seven days compared to the week before, which is putting strain on the health system.

She says COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are increasingly impacting younger people and says there’s been a jump in the number of hospitalizations among those 40 to 59 years old.

A hospital at the centre of an outbreak in northwestern New Brunswick is among those facing strain, with seven of its nine intensive care beds filled with patients fighting COVID-19.

And authorities in Quebec are tightening the curfew in the Montreal and Laval areas to 8 p.m. from 9:30 as of this evening as the province grapples with a rise in cases.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2020

The Canadian Press