As Canada passes 30,000 deaths, Niagara Region sees another 69 new COVID-19 cases today

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Published December 16, 2021 at 2:01 pm

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Canada medical officer of health Dr Theresa Tam says the introduction of the vaccines slowed the mortality rate for COVID-19.

As Canada passed the grim milestone of 30,000 COVID-19 deaths last night, Niagara Region itself saw another 69 new cases today (December 16) – not as bad as yesterday’s 97 but probably a clear signal that the highly-infectious Omicron variant has hit the region.

With only 24 cases resolved, Niagara is sitting at 556 ongoing cases.

However, as grisly as 30,000 deaths is, it is worth noting that Canada hit 10,000 deaths by November 2020 and then doubled it to 20,000 by January of this year, just two months later. It took 11 months to hit another 10,000.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the slowing mortality rate could be directly attributed to the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Except for yesterday, the last time Niagara Region recorded more than 69 cases was back on May 15 when the daily count was 95, meaning today’s count is significantly high. As recently as November 22, the region recorded just six new cases.

As it’s been for the past few weeks, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls are getting hit particularly hard with 132 and 120 ongoing cases respectively. It’s a significant drop-off from there in the lower-populated municipalities as Fort Erie is showing 52 cases, followed by Grimsby with 45 and Welland with 44.

Lincoln, Thorold and Niagara-on-the-Lake are next up with 35, 25 and 24 cases respectively. West Lincoln is close behind with 23 active cases. Pelham, Port Colborne and Wainfleet are the three lowest with 19, 18 and eight cases respectively.

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