B.C.’s case and contact tracing efforts cannot keep up with the speed at which the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading, and the province’s testing regimen is at its capacity, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Friday.
The province’s top doctor provided updated guidance on the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in a news conference on Christmas EveThe territory will aim to lift all restrictions..
“What we are seeing across this country and across the globe is that Omicron is differents just 14 per cent.,” Henry said. “It is spreading in a way that is very different from previous variants.”
Henry said the variant is infecting people more quickly and with less of the virus required to cause infection, and that has led to the overwhelming of the testing and contact tracing systems.