“To sum up as simply as possible, please, please, unless it is for some essential reason, stay home as the situation is extremely serious at the moment,” the former said. Ontario Minister Doug Ford at a press conference on Wednesday adding: “What we do before we start mass vaccination will be the difference between life and death for thousands of people . ”
“Hospitalizations resulting from these variants are invading our hospitals,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott.
Canadian public health officials now say that a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus is likely now dominant in many parts of the country, and worrisome variants are making young people sicker and sending more to hospital.
“It’s not the news we wanted, but hospitalizations are increasing, intensive care beds are filling, variants are spreading and even people who had convinced themselves they didn’t need to worry. get sick, ”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. said at a press conference on Tuesday, adding that it was a “very serious” third wave of the pandemic.
In Ontario, non-essential retail stores, including malls, will close in-person stores, with only grocery stores, pharmacies and garden centers open to the public.
Restaurant dining rooms, personal care services and gymnasiums were already closed across the province as last week, provincial officials closed many places but pulled up ahead of a maintenance order. House.
Ford said he was concerned about the mental health of the 14 million people.
Toronto and adjacent Peel region transferred the student to virtual learning earlier this week, just ahead of the already scheduled spring break. The Ford government says its priority is to keep schools open across the province.
Ford has also imposed the third state of emergency in the province since the start of the pandemic.
Health care experts, including the provincial hospital and medical associations, have been calling for more restrictions for at least two weeks, saying the lockdown measures were not enough.
Although vaccine doses have been scarce in Canada, the rollout is now accelerating, with Ontario claiming to have set a record of vaccinations on Tuesday, administering more than 100,000 doses.
Ford said the province would begin deploying mobile vaccination teams to communities in hot spots such as Toronto, including providing vaccines to teachers and other education workers starting next week.
Outside of Canada’s Atlantic provinces, the third wave of the pandemic is straining hospitals across much of the country.
“Although COVID-19 continues to impact people of all ages in Canada, infection rates are highest among people aged 20 to 39. In addition, we are seeing an increase in the number of adults under the age of 60 being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals, including intensive care units, ”said the Director of Public Health of Canada, on Dr Theresa Tam, in a statement released Wednesday.
In his statement, Tam highlighted the threat that the variants will spread and lead to more serious infections and illnesses.
“Although B.1.1.7 continues to represent the majority of variants of concern in Canada and has likely replaced the original virus in some areas, there has been a worrying increase in P.1 cases in recent weeks. The P.1 variant can reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, which makes it even more important to control its spread, ”she said.