Ontario on track for good summer despite small risk of fourth wave, modelling suggests

METRO PLUS

Day-old baby found dead inside well

The corpse of a baby girl, suspected to be a day old, has been recovered in a well at Tsalle Village, Gezawa...

One die during building demolition in Port Harcourt

One person has been confirmed dead after a building which was being demolished around the Ikoku area of Port Harcourt city collapsed.

ATM fraudster nabbed with N1.6m

An alleged fraudster has been arrested with several ATM cards belonging to different people. Aliyu Abdullahi, who hails from...

Bandits kill Catholic Priest, abduct another in Katsina

Suspected bandits, Thursday night, killed Rev. Father Alphonsus Bello Yanshim and disappeared with Rev. Father Joseph Keke both of St. Vincent Ferrer...

How police, other security agencies foiled abduction of 4 Plateau varsity students

Nigerian Security Agencies have prevented the abduction of about four students of the Plateau State University in Bokkos Local Government Area of...

COVID-19 cases in Ontario are dropping sharply and while the threat of a fourth wave caused by the delta variant still exists it is unlikely, health officials say.

Officials unveiled updated COVID-19 modelling data on Thursday, which depicts a much better control overthe pandemic in Ontario than in previous updates.

“We’ve turned the corner in our progress against the pandemic,” Science table co-chair Dr. Adalsteinn Brown said. “We can look forward to a much better summer.”

According to the modelling, cases should continue to decline for at least the next 10 days in Ontario.

Infections have already declined sharply in almost all public health units over the past few weeks.

COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care admissions have also continuedto drop.

If Ontario continues to control COVID-19, the modelling suggests intensive care admissions will drop to below 200 bymid-July and normal hospital operations can resume.

HOW ONTARIO PLANS TO AVOID A FOURTH WAVE

To avoid a fourth wave, officials say Ontario needs to ensure full immunization in high-risk communities with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The delta variant, which is expected to become the province’s dominant strain early this summer, is about 50 per cent more transmissible than the B.1.1.7, or alpha, variant.

Officials say the first dose of aCOVID-19 vaccine is less effective in protecting against the delta variant.

A second dose of the vaccine adds 50 per cent effectiveness, officials said.

“To be clear,we are not out of the woods just yet,” Brown said. “Our ICUs still have more COVID-19 patients than they did at the peak of the second wave and the delta variant, the variant that hit India so hard, is here and is on track to be the dominant form of the virus this summer but we believe we can control it with the right action.”

“This is not a doomsday scenario … We have a really good chance of a good summer.”

Ontario announced on Thursday it will begin accelerating second doses for individuals who received their first shot on or before May 9 in seven hot spot areas where the delta variant is a concern.

Individuals in hot spots within Halton, Peel, Porcupine, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and York public health units will be eligible to book their second Pfizer or Moderna doses through the provincial booking system as of 8 a.m. on June 14.

In a best case scenario, Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case count will remain under 500 during the summer.

In a medium scenario, that number could jump back up to nearly 1,000 cases per day by August.

In a worst case scenario, cases will spike to 2,500 per day by the middle of August.

Health officials logged 590 new infections on Thursday, as well as 11 deaths related to the novel coronavirus.

In total, over 10.6 million vaccine doses have made it into the arms of Ontarians. To date, 1,399,776 people have received two shots and are considered fully vaccinated.

Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Barbara Yaffe said Thursday the majority of people getting infected with COVID-19 in Ontario are those who haven’t received a first dose.

Credits: CTV News

Sign up to FREE email alerts from Tribunepoint Weekly - Daily News

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

- Advertisement -

Read Also

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

Democracy Day: Nigeria would have been destroyed – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said Nigeria has witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed it...

I will end insecurity – Buhari assures Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday vowed to end insecurity in Nigeria. Buhari said his administration is working towards ensuring...

Full speech of President Buhari’s Democracy Day address

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday morning, addressed Nigerians to mark the 2021 Democracy Day celebration. The speech reads in...

Anger as Buhari sees ”all Igbo as IPOB,” vows to unleash army, police on Southeast

A section of Nigerians have expressed their anger over President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent comments concerning the South East region.

I’m prepared to lay down my life for Nigeria – President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that during his days in the Nigerian Army, he was ready to pay the ultimate price for...