Canada confirms 18,478 new COVID-19 cases in one week

(Xinhua) 09:14, October 08, 2022

OTTAWA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Canada confirmed 18,478 new COVID-19 cases for the week ending Oct. 1, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said on Friday.

The number of total COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada reached 4,270,891 and 45,394 respectively, according to the weekly update issued by the PHAC.

The daily positive rate during the week averaged at 11.9 percent, and daily tests per 100,000 people were 59.

The Canadian government got rid of COVID-19 border restrictions from October including mandatory vaccinations, testing and quarantine of international travellers.

Health Canada said vaccination continues to be one of the most effective tools to protect against COVID-19 and that getting booster doses as recommended will help protect individuals against serious illness and other complications from COVID-19 infection.

Health Canada authorized on Friday a second bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster targeting the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, noting that all mRNA COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the country continue to be very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. 

(Web editor: Shi Xi, Liang Jun)


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