Due to the large population of Covid-19 infection, Canada’s most populous province announced new restrictions and imposed hefty fines, which has raised concerns about the country’s loss of control of the virus.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford announced plans to limit the size of gatherings on Thursday, changing the previous steps to reopen the province’s economy. The new rules reduce the size of indoor gatherings from 50 to 1
Speaking of the coronavirus outbreak in cities such as Ottawa, Peel and Toronto, Ford said: “This is a serious situation, people.” The province is imposing a fine of $10,000 on organizers of “illegal” gatherings.
Ford said: “If you break the rules, we will throw the book to you.”
The move shows that after the province has actually slowed growth throughout the summer, a second wave of viruses is approaching.
Ford said: “This crisis is not over yet.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Quebec has been the hardest-hit province in Canada. The province recorded 499 new Covid-19 cases and 251 in the past 24 hours.
Canada’s top public health official said on Thursday that Canada has an average of 779 new cases every day, more than double the number in July.
Chief Public Health Officer Alan Tam said in a statement: “The number of new cases reported every day is increasing, which is worrying.” “As the virus continues to spread, the situation may change rapidly, and we may lose keeping Covid-19 cases at The ability to control the level.”
Soon after schools across Canada reopened, cases surged. Although there have been outbreaks in many schools and universities, officials believe that the increase in the epidemic is caused by family gatherings, weddings and other private events.
While provinces are trying to limit class size, thousands of students have chosen to study online.
At the same time, policy changes requiring testing of children or parents with mild symptoms overwhelmed testing facilities.
On Wednesday, Danijela Cabraja told Toronto-based CP24 that she had waited more than six and a half hours to examine herself and her 10-year-old daughter who complained of a sore throat.
“It’s endless. I can’t see where the assessment center is,” she said as she waited in the car. She called this process “torture”.
In the capital, Ottawa, residents were also forced to wait for hours for testing.
“One of my sick baby patients lined up for six hours today for Covid testing in Ottawa. We are failing our community.” Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth tweeted.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole and her family also waited for a few hours at a test center in Ottawa, but were turned away because the facility was full.
O’Toole accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government of failing to increase testing in recent weeks. After close contact with people who tested positive for the virus, O’Toole and Quebec Group leader Yves-François Blanchett (Yves-François Blanche) were isolated.
In Western British Columbia, where hospitalization has surged, the poor air quality caused by the U.S. bushfires complicates the fight against the virus. Due to the smoke, teachers in the province protested to return to school.
“The combination of the Covid-19 pandemic and the extreme wildfire air quality is a deep concern for #bced,” the province’s teachers union said in a post. “Teachers and students should not participate in crowded classrooms with no ventilation or fresh air.”
To date, Canada has recorded 139,747 cases and 9,193 coronavirus-related deaths.