New COVID-19 cases in Ontario due to Omicron expected to peak this month, health minister says

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Toronto/CMEDIA: In an announcement made today morning at a news conference by Ontario, Health Minister Christine Elliott — joined by Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, and Matthew Anderson, CEO of Ontario Health — she said that new cases of COVID-19 linked to the Omicron variant are expected to peak this month in Ontario.

Elliott said that an announcement on lifting current public health restrictions is likely coming later this week.

“We are starting to see glimmers of hope. The sacrifices you are making now mean we are beginning to see signs of stabilization,” Elliott said of the current COVID-19 wave.

The average length of stay in hospitals and intensive care units for COVID-19 patients are stabilizing,

Moore said that transmission of the virus is slowing down due to the public health measures and restrictions introduced in early January.

Moore said at the time that the restrictions would remain in place until at least Jan. 26.

Test positivity rates seem to be stabilizing at between 20 and 25 percent, Moore said.

Earlier this month, the province changed the criteria for who qualifies for a PCR test in a bid to reduce strain on the system.