Canada's third COVID-19 wave is reportedly "killing faster and younger," according to reports, and is fueled by new coronavirus variants.
According to a Sunday report from Insider, the country's third wave is affecting young people more severely than ever before, and health experts believe it's because of emerging strains of COVID-19 mutations.
The burgeoning wave is prompting new lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions across the country.
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On Saturday, Canada surpassed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and hard-hit areas such as British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec are implementing new restrictions to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus.
Dr. Theresa Tam, the country's chief public health officer, recently announced a 64 percent increase in COVID-19 cases involving new coronavirus variants, 90 percent of which include the B.1.1.7 and P1 variants.
"Ontario in particular has reported an influx of much younger patients in ICUs," the outlet added. "Nearly half of the provinces's COVID-19 ICU patients are under the age of 60, officials announced this week."
This week, Adalsteinn Brown, senior science adviser to Ontario's government, announced that the variants are "killing faster and younger."
"It's spreading far more quickly than it was before and we cannot vaccinate quickly enough to break this third wave," Brown revealed.
Ontario, according to Insider, has enacted a month-long "emergency brake" in response to the rising infections.
"The new restrictions will shut down gyms, indoor dining, and personal care services," the outlet reported.
For its part, Quebec implemented a lockdown in at least three cities, and has shuttered all schools and non-essential businesses, and British Columbia has placed a temporary ban on indoor dining, church services, and more.
Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency services physician in Toronto, told CNN that the spread is nothing short of alarming.
"It's spreading quickly, and it's much faster than in the last two waves," Pirzada explained. "The people filling the ICU right now are all in their 30s, 40s, and 50s."
According to a Sunday report from CBC News, the federal government administered 6 million COVID-19 vaccines at the time of this reporting.
Procurement Minister Anita Ananda told CBC on Friday, "We're expecting millions and millions more doses over the next weeks and months," and said that at least 44 million vaccine doses are expected to arrive by June's end.
In comparison, the outlet reported, the United states administered at least 161,688,422 COVID-19 vaccine doses as of Saturday morning.