New signs emerge that coronavirus is slowing in Canada

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More signs that the spread of COVID-19 is slowing in Canada appeared on Wednesday, prompting further discussions on easing isolation measures that have proven to be economically crippling.

The largest province in the country, for example, recorded the slowest growth in COVID cases identified in a few weeks – 510, a daily increase of 4.3%. Ontario also reported 37 new deaths, bringing the total to 659 deaths out of a total of 12,245 cases.

It is also encouraging that the percentage of infections resolved in the province has exceeded 50% for the first time.

Premier Doug Ford thought Ontario could start easing restrictions before the long weekend next month if the trend of moderation continues.

Premier Dennis King of Prince Edward Island, who has had only two dozen cases, no deaths and no new cases reported – also said that a gradual lifting of anti-COVID measures could begin from May 1st.

Premier of Quebec François Legault, whose province has reported an additional 93 deaths, said he would present a plan next week to gradually reopen schools, starting with the areas where the situation was most stable.

The Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said Canada was making progress in slowing the epidemic, but cautioned that lowering the guard. According to Tam, the focus should be on stopping epidemics in places like retirement homes and other places where vulnerable populations live together in tight neighborhoods.

Legault called on Ottawa to send 1,000 soldiers to help in severely affected and understaffed long-term care homes in Quebec. Ford also requested military assistance.

How exactly Canada moves toward normalization will largely depend on the provinces, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday. However, the Canada-US border closure will remain in place until at least May 21, he said.

Globally, the grim toll of the pandemic has continued to rise, with New York City alone reporting nearly 15,000 deaths – the fifth highest number after Italy, Spain, France and the UK COVID-19 has killed more than 45,000 people in the United States.

On a more optimistic note, New Zealand, with around 1,500 cases and 14 deaths, said it would switch to a level 3 alert next week compared to the highest level 4 currently in place, which means the gradual reopening of certain businesses and schools and flexibility. certain travel restrictions.

With files from Canadian Press journalists across the country

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