Canada reported 20,036 new cases of COVID-19 at noon Friday, bringing the nationwide tally of infections to 2,706,977 with 31,306 deaths, according to local media CTV, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
Ontario, the country’s most populous province, reported 10,964 new cases and 42 deaths on Friday.
There were 3,814 people in Ontario hospitals who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an increase of more than 180 from the day before.
Of the 3,814 COVID-19 patients, 527 were in intensive care units, up from 500 the day before. And 384 of those in intensive care were either not fully vaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status.
Quebec, the second most populous province, confirmed 7,382 new cases of COVID-19 with 68 deaths on Friday.
The province received 442 new patients on Friday, and the total number of treatment reached 3,085, including 275 in intensive care units.
New modeling released by Public Health Canada on Friday showed that the Omicron variant will push hospital admissions to “extremely high levels” in the coming weeks as case numbers will reach levels never seen before in this country.
Modeling data also indicated that Canada is on track to see roughly 100,000-250,000 daily infections.