“We have to keep taking strong public health measures,” mentioned Trudeau throughout a information convention Friday including, “otherwise we could see a third wave that is even worse than the second or the first, and I know that’s not the news you want to hear.”
Canadian public well being officers launched alarming new modeling Friday indicating that even present public well being measures is not going to be sufficient to include a 3rd wave if fueled by sooner spreading variants of Covid-19.
“We need to make sure that, even as provinces look at loosening up certain restrictions, that other restriction are kept in, and there is an ability to … respond quickly when variants appear,” mentioned Trudeau.
The new modeling underscores the truth that “variants of concern” have now been detected in all provinces and proceed to unfold. Based on the projections launched by public well being officers, present public well being measures wouldn’t be sufficient to include the unfold of the virus by Spring if the brand new, extra contagious variants take maintain.
“A resurgence is very likely if people let go of the public health measures right now. What you want to do is to keep avoiding this yo-yoing effect of up and down. You need to avoid complete lockdowns and curfews and all those things by trying to maintain a strong level of public health measures,” mentioned Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public well being officer at a modeling presentation Friday.
The province of Ontario introduced Friday that town of Toronto and certainly one of its neighboring areas will stay in a lockdown, with a stay-at-home order, till at the least March eight as the specter of new variants spreading continues to concern well being officers.
Canada stays fairly susceptible to a 3rd wave as new Covid-19 variants proceed to unfold and the vaccine rollout stays painfully sluggish proper throughout the nation.
“We need more vaccines, more vaccines will solve massive issues …” mentioned Doug Ford, Ontario’s premier, at a information convention in Toronto Friday.
Like different provinces and territories all through Canada, Ontario has managed to vaccinate the overwhelming majority of residents and employees in long-term care houses. Those residents proceed to characterize these most susceptible to Covid-19 in Canada.
But there was no vital vaccine rollout in different susceptible teams, besides Indigenous communities. The commander main the vaccine rollout in Ontario characterised the scenario as a “vaccine drought.”
“We have not wasted our time while we’ve been in that drought, with a minimal amount of vaccines to use, what we have been doing is preparing for the day when more arrive,” retired General Rick Hillier mentioned at a information convention in Toronto Friday.
General Hillier mentioned his vaccine job drive would now prioritize “patient-facing” well being care staff, amongst different at-risk teams and mentioned he anticipated the shortage of vaccine doses to enhance over the following few weeks.