30% hospitalizations under 40

12% hospitalized under 40

Canada's chief public health officer Theresa Tam says the latest data shows about seven per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country have required hospitalization.

About three per cent of cases have required critical care, and about one per cent have been fatal.

She also notes that about 12 per cent of people hospitalized are aged 40 and under.

"We continue to keep a close eye on the severity of the disease, because although there will be day-to-day fluctuation, a sustained trend of increased severity could point to a higher rate of infection in vulnerable populations or that the health system is being overwhelmed," Tam told a news conference.

Tam noted that B.C. was the first area of Canada to experience community transmission.

"It is too early to know for sure, but after weeks of public health interventions, the rate of growth appears to be slowing," she said.

Saturday morning, Ontario announced 151 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 1,144.

The Ministry of Health said the number of deaths from the virus remains at 18, and eight cases have been resolved.

The ministry says more than 8,000 investigations into the virus are still pending.

B.C.'s latest numbers will be released Saturday at noon. 

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