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Quebec has shattered the pandemic record of daily case counts by any province, posting 6,361 new cases on Wednesday. British Columbia also posted a pandemic record for that province on Tuesday, with 1,308 new cases.

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In Ontario, which is also reporting rising numbers, some health units have warned that their testing capacity is overwhelmed and could result in delays.

As Omicron spreads, many provinces are imposing several restrictions like capacity and gathering limits to reduce its impact.

Furthermore, Ontario and Alberta are offering booster shots to all adults to up immunity against Omicron. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said anyone 18 and over can book a third shot as long as their second dose was more than five months ago.

On Monday, Ontario opened eligibility to adults 18 and older who have had their second dose three months ago.

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Prince Edward Island joined Newfoundland and Labrador in announcing isolation requirements for all visitors in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.

With the holidays here, Canada’s chief public health officer has urged Canadians to adjust their plans due rising infections.

“I’m urging Canadians across the country to please carefully consider and adjust your holiday plans to minimize risks and maximize layers and quality of protection for you and yours,” said Dr. Theresa Tam at a briefing last Friday.

Since COVID-19 arrived in Canada in January 2020, the country has seen 1,907,771 infections and 30,085 deaths. Out of Canada’s total population, 76 per cent are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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