NEW COVID CONCERNS OVER VARIANTS

Oct 28, 2022

By Steve Kee

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With more people getting the new Omicron shot, word today from Public Health Ontario that the  proportion of the new BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 Omicron subvariants in the province is growing twice as quickly as the dominant BA.5 strain.

An infectious disease expert at Queen’s University, Dr. Gerald Evans, cautions that Ontarians should not be “overly worried” at this point about the BQ subvariants, though the growth rate is a cause for some concern.

New reports show that week over week — the percentage of positive tests is roughly the same 15.8 per cent, down slightly from 16.1 per cent though that’s higher than the July peak of 14.8 per cent.

Public Health Ontario says hospital admissions and deaths were down over the last week, though they point out they are  lagging indicators, so they may well start to increase soon.

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