Minister of Foreign Affairs Canada, Melanie Jolie, this Monday, revealed that she has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is in a state of loneliness, during which time the country is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of cases forced to restrict activities in anticipation of the Christmas holidays.
Although not all provinces report the number of cases today, the released figures represent 10,621 new cases in the last 24 hours, a record number since the outbreak began.
Jolie said on her Twitter account that she was diagnosed with the disease after undergoing a rapid antigen test and was isolated to confirm the result with a PCR test.
The minister, who received a complete list of vaccines against COVID-19, said he would continue to work and encourage everyone to get vaccinated and get a booster dose.
A few hours after her tweet, Jolie participated in a video conference at an anti-Islamophobia forum organized by the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
Jolie’s positive announcement came on the same day that the province of Quebec announced the closure of schools, bars, gyms and other businesses due to the rapid growth in positive numbers.
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube told a news conference that the number of cases was doubling every two days due to the Omigron variant and that the provincial health system was “already in crisis”.
Today, 4,571 new cases are reported in Quebec, the highest daily number since the outbreak, although the number of hospital admissions has only increased by 21.
Ontario, the most populous province, has reported 3,783 new cases today, but experts warn that the region’s Govt test system is declining, and many will have to wait several days for tests or results.
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