Canada Adds 4,428 New COVID-19 Cases As Tam Calls For ‘Stronger’ Measures Against Virus – National

British Columbia reports 682 cases of COVID-19, one death

Canada’s public health official warned on Saturday that current health orders were not enough to stop the rapid growth of COVID-19, as provinces continue with plans to reopen their economies.
Longer-term forecast models predict a resurgence of COVID-19 infections unless public health measures are improved and strictly followed, Dr Theresa Tam said in a written statement.

“With the increasing circulation of highly contagious variants, the threat of uncontrolled epidemic growth is considerably high,” she said.

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His statement comes amid 4,428 other cases of COVID-19 identified by public health units across Canada on Saturday, bringing the national total to 961,088. 26 more deaths have also been announced, with a death toll of 22,852.

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To date, 896,211 patients have recovered after being diagnosed with the disease, while more than 28 million tests and 4.8 million doses of vaccine have since been administered.

Tam in his statement said public health orders across Canada need to be stronger, more stringent and maintained long enough to control the rise of the worrisome variants.

High infection rates in the most populous provinces are pushing up the country’s average daily number of cases, she said.

Quebec reported more than 1,000 new infections on Saturday for the first time since mid-February, a day after the province reopened gyms and spas in red zones, including Montreal.

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The provincial government-mandated public health institute also warned on Friday that more transmissible variants would account for the majority of infections in Quebec by the first week of April.

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Prime Minister François Legault told reporters he was not ready to reverse the decision to reopen gymnasiums or allow places of worship to accommodate up to 250 people.

In Ontario, new cases topped 2,400 for the first time since January.

The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario released a statement on Saturday urging Premier Doug Ford to curtail reopening plans, including the scheduled reopening of personal care services, such as hair salons, on the 12th. April in the regions of the province which are in “gray blocking”. areas.

The province’s own modeling projections indicate that highly contagious variants could see the number of daily cases swell, while COVID-19 patients are already occupying Ontario’s intensive care beds at levels “well above the sea. threshold that hospitals say they can cope, ”the statement said.

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Gyms across Ontario will be allowed to offer outdoor fitness classes and personal training in lockdown zones starting Monday. Previous changes allowed outdoor restaurants to resume operations in these areas, including Toronto, and increased indoor capacity limits for restaurants in other areas.

British Columbia reported 908 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, among the highest daily totals in that province since the start of the pandemic.

Provincial health worker Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Thursday that she will ease restrictions on visits to long-term care homes, where most staff and residents have been vaccinated.

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Limited indoor religious services will also be permitted from Sunday to May 13 to allow observance of public holidays, including Passover, Easter and Ramadan.

In Alberta, rising hospitalization rates and variant cases have delayed reopening plans that would have included relaxed restrictions on worship services, places of entertainment and adult team sports.

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That province on Saturday counted 668 new cases of COVID-19, of which the chief medical officer of health said 207 were worrying variants.

With files from Global News

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