Ontario sets up checkpoints and shuts construction as virus surges in Canada

NL Offers Aid as Ontario Enters Emergency Lockdown Under Crushing Case Load

NL Offers Aid as Ontario Enters Emergency Lockdown Under Crushing Case Load

The rate of coronavirus infections in Canada's biggest province has reached an all-time high as hospitals warn they are close to being overwhelmed.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's associate medical officer of health, said during a press briefing that the situation in the province is "dire". We need more time to continue vaccinating priority populations. The 300,000 doses will be distributed the first week of May.

About 22% of Canadians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared with 38% in the USA and 49% in the United Kingdom, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker.

"The biggest problem we now face, may be that we're just too exhausted to notice", said Brown. "We ask for the community's support in helping to achieve this".

Why has it suddenly got worse?

"To all Canadians, .I know you're all sick and exhausted of COVID-19, I know nobody wants to be in this third wave, nobody wants to be facing further restrictions, we just want to be done with this", Trudeau said.

Provincial health officials reported 4,362 new coronavirus cases and 34 additional deaths today, the highest single-day death count since February 19 when 47 fatalities were recorded. The pandemic, Angus said, had strained hospital capacity in southern Ontario, particularly intensive care.

The urging for a steady vaccination rate came on the same day that the federal government announced that a shipment of Moderna vaccines expected next week has been cut almost in half from 1.2 million to 650,000 doses.

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Last week the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario warned doctors that they might have to start making decisions about who to admit to intensive care, because units were stretched nearly to capacity.

Ontario was expected to be short 4,145 nurses in the hospital sector alone over the next four months, Angus said, while asking her counterparts for 620 health professionals, including nurses and respiratory therapists. "It's never happened in Canada before".

How is the vaccination campaign going?

After a slow start, the pace of vaccination is now picking up.

Approximately 22 percent of the province has now received at least one dose of the vaccine with over 3.5 million doses administered and more than 4.8 million doses delivered.

There was mixed news on Friday.

Ontario has now used 75 per cent of the over four million doses of vaccine it has received from the federal government so far.

Vaccine hesitancy is an issue in some areas, particularly after health authorities suspended use of the AstraZeneca PLC vaccine for people under 55, given rare links to blood clots. Health Canada has updated warnings on the label but now says the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.

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