Canada’s public health agency is expected to hold an update on the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday.
The update comes after Ontario announced a day earlier that its restrictions would be eased by the end of January, including allowing restaurants to reopen with 50 per cent capacity.
Meanwhile in Saskatchewan, rising hospital admissions and staff shortages due to COVID-19 are a growing concern. In neighbouring Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney said there are signs the province has “reached and surpassed” peak COVID-19 infections in the fifth wave. However, he is still warning that hospitalizations – currently at record levels – will continue rising and put more pressure on an already overwhelmed health system.
On Monday, the federal government also approved the country’s first at-home oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment. Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug, has been found to reduce risk of hospitalization and death by 89 per cent in clinical trial data submitted to Health Canada.
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