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    Source: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toron...ario-1.5964296

    60% higher risk of death from coronavirus variants, Ontario analysis finds: sources
    Briefing note from Ontario advisory group expected to show heightened risk of hospitalizations, ICU admissions
    Lauren Pelley · CBC News · Posted: Mar 26, 2021 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: 3 hours ago


    Variants of the virus behind COVID-19 double the risk of someone being admitted to intensive care — and increase the risk of death by roughly 60 per cent — according to a new analysis of recent Ontario data from the province's science advisory table, multiple sources tell CBC News.

    A briefing note prepared by table members for the province, which is expected to be made public early next week, is based on an analysis of Ontario hospitalization and death data between December and March.

    The analysis is expected to show that variants substantially increase the risk of serious illness when compared to the initial strain of SARS-CoV-2, including:

    60 per cent increased risk of hospitalization.
    100 per cent increased risk of being admitted to an ICU.
    60 per cent increased risk of death.

    The data didn't differentiate between variants, though most instances in Ontario right now are thought to be the B117 variant first identified in southeast England.

    The Ontario figures were also pooled with data from Denmark and the U.K., two countries hit hard by B117, several sources explained, with local data falling in line with those earlier international findings...
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