WHO COVID19 review in May. Canada hospitalizations up

Around the world, the numbers of cases climb but not in the same quantum the world has seen in 2022, the third and thus far the worst year, arguably, of the pandemic. Some places are worse than others. This could be the last year of the global emergency.

The UN health agency considers COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern more than three years after the original assessment. “I think we will be able to lift it this year,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. The expert committee on the pandemic’s status is due to meet in May.

The Late Dr. Li Wenliang

The final days of Wuhan Whistleblower Dr. Li Wenliang’s life became the subject of a New York Times journalistic investigation in the fall of 2022. Dr. Wenliang was the friend of a Wuhan nurse, Sara Qin, who is also a correspondent to FPM.news.

“This great man brought us a truth that the world needed,” said Ms. Qin.

“We again salute Dr. Li Wenliang and console his friends and family with our gratitude and love,” said Dr. Fred Harris, biostatistical team leader of CSPAC from Singapore.

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CSPAC Data for 14 April 2023

Data collected and reported by: Civil Society Solidarity Partners against COVID-19.  Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective-Magazine.

Concerns about infection rates, hospitalizations and ‘Long COVID’ in Canada.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 [in Canada] has hovered at a steady level since the early fall of 2022, rather than declining, even though immunity in the Canadian population is high,” says Dr. Sally Otto, Co-Lead of CoVaRR-Net’s CAMEO (Computational Analysis, Modelling and Evolutionary Outcomes) Pillar and Killam Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia.

“A relatively high level of COVID-19 in the population matters because it impacts rates of hospitalizations, long COVID development, and absenteeism in workplaces – collectively impacting both healthcare and the economy,” adds Dr. Fiona Brinkman, Deputy, CoVaRR-Net’s CAMEO Pillar and Distinguished Professor in Bioinformatics and Genomics at Simon Fraser University. “The waves have changed from big peaks and low troughs to smaller waves (or wavelets) centering around an overall higher COVID level. With the spread of recent immune-evasive variants, COVID case levels are consistently higher than we would want, and some people are getting re-infected three or four times a year.”

Canada Spring uptick in COVID-19 cases was predicted.

“XBB.1.5 is the major strain that is driving cases now, and I expect a minor uptick in cases this Spring that should last for about a month,” said Dr. Otto. “Like glacial melt raising sea levels, the higher transmissibility of XBB.1.5 and waning immunity are raising the sea level of COVID-19 cases. We continue to see new variants emerge, so we don’t yet know what variant will dominate this summer, but we don’t predict a big downswing in the summer either.”

“The current vaccination rate in Canada is less than one million shots a month. If Canadians doubled the rate at which they are getting vaccinated, the level of COVID-19 cases would decline by about 40%,” states Dr. Otto. “When more people get vaccinated, this helps to offset waning immunity. If Canadians were to stop getting boosters, our projections show cases would rise by about 40%.”

CSPAC Data for 14 April 2023

Data collected and reported by: Civil Society Solidarity Partners against COVID-19. Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective-Magazine.

Canada COVID-19 Hospitalizations have increased slightly.


Data collected and reported by: Civil Society Solidarity Partners against COVID-19.

England COVID-19 Hospitalizations have declined.


Data collected and reported by: Civil Society Solidarity Partners against COVID-19.

United States COVID-19 Hospitalizations have declined.

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Data collected and reported by: Civil Society Solidarity Partners against COVID-19.

23 Feb 2024 COVID-19 Data for The Entire World from CSPaC