Ottawa, January 1 (IANS) Canada is experiencing its worst peak in Covid cases, driven by the Omicron variant, with 41,210 new cases reported on Friday evening, an all-time high for daily cases since the pandemic hit the country in February 2020.
The latest cases brought the country’s cumulative number of cases to 2,183,527, with 30,319 deaths, Xinhua News Agency reported citing CTV News.
In recent weeks, the daily number of cases in the country has increased due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Ontario, the most populous province, reported a record 16,713 new cases of Covid on Friday, while Quebec, another province, confirmed a record 16,461 cases.
Across the country, most provinces have delayed full return to classrooms in January to allow public health experts to assess the impact of the Omicron variant and avoid a potential increase in cases fueled by disease. schoolchildren.
Quebec reintroduced a curfew from December 31 as the province fights an explosive increase in Covid infections. Those who violate the curfew face fines ranging from Can $ 1,000 (US $ 790) to Can $ 6,000 (US $ 4,740).
Places of worship in the province are closed, except for funerals. Restaurant dining rooms are also closed and shops are closed on Sundays for the next three weeks, with the exception of gas stations and pharmacies.
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