Peak of seventh wave of COVID reached, says Ontario's Chief Medical Officer | Coronavirus: Ontario

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Peak of seventh wave of COVID reached, says Chief Medical Officer of Ontario | Coronavirus: Ontario

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore

Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has said the peak of the seventh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been reached in the province.

Dr. Kieran Moore explained that key indicators, including the number of hospital admissions and indications gathered through sewage testing, are down.

According to Public Health Ontario , infection rates declined in 22 of 34 regions during the week ending July 30.

The positivity rate was down slightly from the previous week. Hospitalizations were also down, from 463 to 306.

Also in the last week of July, there were 46 deaths, compared to 75 the previous week.

< p class="e-p">Dr. Moore expects the risks of infection and the impact on the healthcare system to continue to subside during the month of August.

He also believes that a fall surge of COVID-19 may not be as severe as he predicted a few months ago for the following reasons: many people have been infected with the Omicron variant, rates Vaccination rates are high and no new worrying variant has yet appeared.

There is always a risk of being infected again by the Omicron variant, recognizes the doctor. He points out, however, that people who have been infected and who are vaccinated are better protected than those who are not.

Over the past few weeks in Ontario, vaccination and access to a fourth dose have been expanded.

Ontarians ages 18 to 60 are eligible for a second booster shot for three weeks. Just under 16% of Ontario adults have received it so far, according to Dr. Moore.

Among the particularly vulnerable age group of 80 years and over, 61% received a fourth dose, says the chief medical officer of health.

The children under five can also be vaccinated for a week.

About 9,000 have received a first vaccine, representing about 1% of Ontario children this age. It was expected that in August, there would not be many, because the parents are on vacation and do not have time, assures Kieran Moore. He believes that these numbers will increase as the fall approaches.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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