Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “In the third wave, Canada continues to face an incredibly serious situation. In many cases, in many places, the number of cases is increasing rapidly and the number is greater than ever. Times are high, and many hospitals are too small in scale,” said at a press conference in Ottawa on Friday.
He said that the situation in Ontario is particularly dire. Toronto is now seeing record-breaking and full hospital beds.
Ontario broke the pandemic record on Friday, including daily cases, hospitalizations and intensive care units.
Trudeau said: “We have every reason to believe that although this pandemic is the most difficult, we have now entered the final stage. This is not a moment to let go, not even a second.”
Public health officials said that in the last week alone, the number of hospitalizations increased by 35%, and the number of ICU hospitalizations increased by more than 20%. They said that what is more worrying is that the death toll increased by 38% last week.
The situation is particularly serious in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.
Dr. Adalstein Brown, Co-Chairman of Ontario’s Scientific Advisors, said: “Please note that our hospitals are no longer functioning properly, and their gaps are breaking.” “We are building on-site hospitals and will be transporting them across the province by helicopter. Severely ill patients are isolated from their families, and our children’s hospital is now accepting adults as patients. This has never happened in Ontario, and it has never happened in Ontario before Canada.”
Brown said that based on the new pandemic forecast, no matter how many restrictions are implemented, the demand for acute care is expected to surge in the coming weeks.
Ontario expands strict lockdown measures
Late Friday, Ontario extended the state of emergency and whole-house services until at least May 15.
The province said it would also restrict inter-provincial travel and set up checkpoints to perform the task, while ordering the closure of unnecessary buildings from Saturday.
All outdoor recreational activities such as golf courses, playgrounds, basketball courts and football fields will be closed. It is even forbidden to have outdoor gatherings with people who do not live in the same family. Since the beginning of this month, indoor gatherings between families have been banned.
All of Canada’s largest provinces are scrambling to contain the impact of variants, especially in the low-income areas of Canada’s largest cities.
“Compared to older versions of COVID, the relative risks of these variants are much higher, with higher hospital admissions, higher intensive care units, and higher mortality. Moreover, young people who have been vaccinated or have a low viral load are infected. The speed of the crowd is so fast that it causes infection,” Ontario Chief Health Officer David Williams received an update in Toronto on Friday.
Trudeau responded to the fatigue of millions of Canadians, who have gone through lockdowns and restrictions for months. He revealed that he had a dispute with his 13-year-old son on Friday and told him that public health measures still need to be taken.
“Xavier is 13 years old. He misses his friends. He doesn’t want to go to school online. He wants to go out and play basketball with his friends. He wants to live the normal life we all want. He said: “Now, but the reality is We know that the best way to achieve this goal is for each of us to comply with local public health rules. ”