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Heading at a fast pace towards the third wave; Ottawa reported 309 Covid-19 cases on Friday

People queued outside an LCBO in Barrhaven for free rapid COVID-19 tests

Ottawa has accelerated into the third wave and shows no stopping down. On Friday, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) announced 309 new COVID-19 cases and one fatality. Only six times previously reported daily issue rises of more than 300, all during the third wave last spring.

The city’s 1,223 active cases are up 250 from Thursday’s report and the most significant number since the third wave’s back half in mid-to-late May. In just six days, the number had more than doubled.

On Thursday, Dr. Vera Etches, the Medical Officer of Health, said that the OPH is working on regulation adjustments and some immunisation improvements that were announced on Thursday. She’ll have another press conference on Friday afternoon.

The number of verified Omicron variant cases among Ottawa residents has increased to 14, up from 13 in the previous report on Thursday. Another 199 instances are suspected of being Omicron but need to be confirmed.

According to data up to December 10, residents aged 12 and up who are either unvaccinated or people who received their first dose less than two weeks ago are three times more likely to get COVID-19 than those who are completely vaccinated.

The percentage of COVID-19 tests that are positive has increased to 5% from 4.5 percent on Wednesday. On December 1, it was 2.1 percent. The average time it takes to acquire a COVID-19 test result has increased dramatically from the 23-hour average one week ago.

Source: CBC News

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