Canada will funnel extra health staff and equipment into virus-hit Ontario as the province fights a distressing spike in Covid-19 infections, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday.
The federal government will activate health professionals from different federal departments and deploy them to Ontario, particularly the Toronto area, where “the situation is most crucial,” Trudeau said in a video published on Twitter.
Ontario, Canada’s most populous province with 14 million individuals, has for several days struggled with record coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and extensive care clients, all of which are threatening to overwhelm its health system.
On Sunday, the province reported 4,250 new cases, 18 new deaths and 2,107 new hospitalizations.
The government remains in conversation with numerous provinces, consisting of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, to maximize personnel, devices and resources “over the coming days,” the prime minister stated.
Ottawa will cover the transportation costs and coordinate the transfer of caregivers to Ontario, he said.
The federal government will also send quick Covid-19 tests to the areas of Ontario that have actually been the most affected by the pandemic.
” Canadians are watching rising cases, driven by more infectious variants in locations throughout the country, including in our biggest province and Canada’s largest city,” Trudeau stated in his video message.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks throughout a news conference April 16, 2021 in Ottawa, Canada. AFP/ Dave Chan
” Things will improve. And till they do Ontario, Canadians, we have your back. Together, we will survive this,” Trudeau added on Sunday.
On Friday, Ontario revealed it was tightening its lockdown orders to curb the pandemic, including closing its inter-provincial borders to non-essential travel.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford extended the lockdown now in effect by two weeks until Might 19, and ordered Ontario locals to head out just for their fundamental needs.
The provincial government is also limiting capability at essential companies, such as pharmacies or grocery stores, as well as at wedding events, funeral services and religious events.
After a sluggish start, Canada’s vaccination campaign has actually picked up. Almost 24 percent of the population has gotten at least one vaccine dosage, according to the site Covid-19 Tracker Canada.
To broaden gain access to, the minimum age to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine will be lowered from 55 to 40 in Ontario, a representative for the province’s health ministry told AFP Sunday.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) had recommended at the end of March to suspend use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in individuals under 55 to assess the risk of blood clots.
But Health Canada stated Wednesday that its analysis shows there is no need to limit the jab’s use. NACI is evaluating its position, Health Canada said.
Canada has tape-recorded more than 1.1 million cases considering that the start of the pandemic and about 23,600 deaths.