Well, I can only speak to what I see on Canadian news. The situation is rather dire indeed, but the present surges seem to be mostly due to variants and are concentrated in a few main areas.
In British Columbia, it seems to be the "Brazilian" variant that is being nasty. In Ontario, it's mostly the "British" variant. Here in Quebec, it's a bit of a mix, with one surprising aspect - the surging numbers are from regions other than Montreal (let me get more into this down below). There are numbers n all other regions/provinces but what is the biggest problem there is the shortage of medical preparedness (especially in terms of personnel, equipment and nearby availability of such things).
The largest numbers are found, of course, in the larger metropolitan areas (Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal mostly). The (what I would call) second tier metropolitan areas, such as Ottawa and Quebec City are being hit way above expectations and the regional hospitals are being overrun. In Montreal, where I am, the numbers have been fairly steady but folks are VERY nervous indeed, not really understanding why this is the case. I do see (finally!) more masks being worn out and about, but large gatherings in parks and other common areas continue to a certain extent. I live in an area called The Plateau which is near enough downtown, but mostly residential with a numerous lovely parks which are still magnets for fairly large "friendly" gatherings (picture 20 to 40 people, mostly in their 20s, gathered around a park picnic table, sharing beers and wine (illegal with no accompanying food), passing a joint around, (also illegal in public) standing inches from each other and sometimes hugging, and you get the picture. I live across the street from a large popular park and I tell you, what I see especially on weekends is pretty scary given the present environment.
We are lucky in Montreal and most other large urban centers that our medical services are widely available and nearby. Of course, just like everywhere else, the system is being tested massively, but it has held up so far. The situation seems to be a bit different at this time in certain places in Ontario where federal help (as well as help from other provinces in terms of personnel mostly) has been requested and is on its way. In smaller centers all around the country, there is a shortage of available beds and personnel which is more difficult to deal with.
Like I said, my observations are probably more precise in terms of the Province of Quebec, especially Montreal, since this is where my feet are. I am swamped with local news coverage so, pretty much up to date. What is going on in other parts of the country, well, I may be more off the mark, depending on the accuracy of the national news networks (and their inevitable bias - most of it run out of Toronto, Ontario).
Vaccination is going fairly well, but there is a lot of resistance to the Astra-Zenica jab due to negative press given the few blood cloth cases (again, I blame media focus - let's talk about the one person who suffered blood cloths one or two weeks after a jab but ignore the hundreds of thousands for whom there was no problem at all.
People freak over things with such low probabilities, but continue to gather like horny squirrels in the parks, shopping centers and wherever else they can. Frustrating.
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