Premier says it is not ‘fair’ to impose more COVID-19 restrictions in Saskatchewan – .

Premier says it is not ‘fair’ to impose more COVID-19 restrictions in Saskatchewan – .

The official opposition has targeted the state of the province address delivered by the premier of Saskatchewan in the midst of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scott Moe delivered the speech Monday at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

“We have to hope in Saskatchewan, but we also have to be realistic and we have to understand what are the challenges that lie ahead and today that challenge is COVID-19 and… we have been hit hard by a fourth wave of this pandemic and there are pressures in our health care system, ”Moe said.

“The point is that a number of active COVID cases and new cases have declined over the past few weeks, and it’s encouraging for us to see. But our caseload in Saskatchewan is still high, and that’s because our vaccination rate is not high enough in that province.

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“When we count cases daily, 75 to 80% of new cases and hospitalizations are those who are not vaccinated. “

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On Monday, the provincial government dashboard showed the total number of vaccines administered in Saskatchewan was 1,648,633. Of the 170 new cases on Monday, the provincial government said 126 people were unvaccinated, including 44 children. under 12 ineligible.

“Even though vaccinated residents make up the largest proportion of our society, we still have an excessive number of people in our hospitals who have COVID who are not vaccinated,” Moe said.

“This large proportion of people vaccinated is why we have resisted calls from many to impose more widespread restrictions … because we don’t think it’s fair and we don’t think it’s fair to impose these radical closures, these radical restrictions on all of the population while the vast majority of the inhabitants of this province did what was necessary and received their vaccine.

“With vaccines widely available in every community and every corner of this province, it doesn’t make sense to restrict everyone’s activities and ultimately deny their personal freedoms. “

Moe said the current restrictions, including the proof of vaccination system implemented by companies, are making a difference.

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“It makes a significant difference. It pushes more people to choose to go out and get the shot. Since we made this announcement in mid-September, we’ve increased our first and second doses by 7% across the province, ”said Moe.

“Eighty-five percent of eligible residents in this province are now receiving their first dose, 77 percent are on their second dose and are fully immunized, which brings down the number of cases in the province.

“What we are doing is working. This is the reason why we have been able to avoid adopting or imposing broader generalized restrictions in our communities, as our trajectory improves and improves considerably. “

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Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili said Moe’s speech was a slap in the face of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr Saqib Shahab, and healthcare workers.

“Today’s bizarre address was a slap in the face to Dr Shahab, to all the health workers who have given so much over the past year and a half,” Meili said in a statement.

“It’s a slap in the face for families who have lost someone to COVID-19 and for Saskatchewanians who cannot access cancer care, surgeries and pediatric therapy and treatment.

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“Today, Scott Moe was to announce limits on gatherings, more support in our health care system and a new Minister of Health to replace Paul Merriman.”

Meili said the address completely ignored the health crisis created by Moe’s government.

“The state of our province today is that Saskatchewan has the highest active case rate and the lowest vaccination rate in the country,” Meili’s statement read.

“The state of our province today is that intensive care patients from Saskatchewan are being evacuated to Ontario while the Canadian Forces are flown in to provide care in our hospitals.

“The state of our province today is that more than 800 people have died from COVID-19 – including 117 people lost in October alone. … This is all happening because Scott Moe puts politics before the lives of the people of Saskatchewan, and all of this was ignored in Scott Moe’s speech today.

The dashboard showed the province had 293 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 2,822 active cases and the death toll remained at 817 on Monday. The seven-day average of new daily infections in Saskatchewan is 259.

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