Prince Edward Island reports 161 new cases of COVID-19, 995 active infections

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Health officials in Prince Edward Island are reporting 161 new cases of COVID-19 as the Omicron variant rips through the province.

Less than two weeks ago on Christmas Eve, the province reported 40 cases and flagged the figure as a new record.

A government news release today says there are 995 active reported infections on the Island.

It says three people are in hospital due to COVID-19, one of whom is in intensive care.

Officials say four other people who were in hospital for other reasons have since tested positive for COVID-19.

Because of the increased demand and resulting pressure on its health-care system, Prince Edward Island is only offering polymerase chain reaction testing to select groups, including those with symptoms of COVID-19 and those identified as contacts of a known infection.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 3, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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