The province reported 146 new cases on Monday, including 130 in the central area. Nine were in the East Zone, four in the North Zone and three in the West Zone.
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During an afternoon briefing, Premier Iain Rankin said it was “outrageous” that 37 fines were imposed in the Halifax area over the weekend.
“I have a serious question. What is wrong with you? How come you don’t take this as seriously as you should? ” he said.
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“The only answer I can find is that you don’t care. “
Currently, the restrictions allow people to assemble only with their own household. Those with small households can bubble with one or two other people, but those extra people must be consistent during the lockdown.
Rankin and said he spoke to the Chiefs of Police in Halifax and Cape Breton about the matter. He admits that while the fine has already been increased to $ 2,000 for violating health restrictions, the fines can only go so far.
“At the end of the day, we’re not going to get away with this,” he said.
“This variant is no joke. It kills people. It’s putting young people in the ICU.
At this point, by the time of the 3 p.m. briefing, 42 people were in the hospital, including eight in the intensive care unit.
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Hours earlier, when a press release was sent with Monday’s figures, there were 40 people in hospital and six in intensive care.
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Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Robert Strang said health officials see marked differences between this third wave and the two previous waves.
He said the average age of those currently hospitalized is between 40 and 60, and living conditions have deteriorated rapidly.
“Whether you are young or healthy old or not, the virus doesn’t care,” he says.
“While there are treatments that can help relieve the symptoms of COVID, there is no cure or guarantee.”
Strang reminded people to immediately call 811 or 911 if they aren’t feeling well with COVID-19, and said the province has worked with EHS to remove ambulance charges for transporting emergency.
He added that while people should get vaccinated when their age group presents itself, vaccines do not offer immediate protection. He said he learned of the existence of a “couple of people in the hospital because they immediately went out to celebrate after receiving their first dose.”
He also said it was not enough for people to rely on public exposure notifications due to the spread of the virus in the Halifax area. Anyone who has been in public – even on an occasional trip to the grocery store – should be tested regularly.
“We are not far from being out of the woods,” he said.
“This virus can be fatal. It’s not like COVID from a year ago. It’s almost a new virus. It’s COVID 2021. ”
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Strang said the long-term goal is for all Nova Scotians eligible for a vaccine to have access to a vaccine by June. He hopes turnout will be high and highlights the fact that around 80% of people over 65 have chosen to be vaccinated.
He admitted in the short term, however, as the province deals with this outbreak, that health restrictions and mass testing will be essential.
Vaccination for people aged 50 and over
Starting Monday, people aged 50 and over can make appointments for Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at clinics across the province.
The province said all community clinics and many participating pharmacies have appointments available for this age group.
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Nova Scotia’s first drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic will also open on May 10 at Dartmouth General Hospital. This clinic will be for people aged 50 and over.
The province said the nominations would be posted on Tuesday.
– With a file from Aya Al-Hakim
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