Canada is facing a third wave of COVID-19 cases with a new variant infecting mainly youths.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned of a “very serious” third wave facing the country which is pushing up hospitalizations and rapidly filling up intensive care beds.
Canada has averaged nearly 5,200 new coronavirus cases per day over the past week, and has recorded a total of more than a million positive tests and 23,000 deaths.
Canada’s most populous province of Ontario entered a limited lockdown on Saturday, but some officials are calling for more drastic measures.
The government has delivered more than 10 million doses of coronavirus vaccines so far, and provincial health agencies are in the process of administering shots. PM Trudeau has said everyone among the 38 million Canadians who want to be vaccinated will be by the end of September.