For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, Canada has gone through a dark phase with more new cases of Covid-1
There are about 22 new recordnumber of cases per 100,000 people in the country in the last 7 days. Ontario is affected it is most difficult with rising tensions in hospitals, especially in Toronto, the country’s largest city.
“This is the worst moment of the pandemic so far,” Kevin Smith, chief executive of the University Health Network, said in an interview Monday. “Our intensive care units are full.”
Ontario has ordered all but emergency operations canceled in most of the province, for the first time since March 2020. Patients scheduled for cancer, heart and brain surgery are told to wait while intensive care units are filled with patients with Covid-19. Toronto Children’s Hospital has opened an adult transfusion opening.
“When a hospital for sick children provides intensive care to adults, you know you’re going through one of the worst periods of a pandemic,” said Eileen de Villa, a medical officer in Toronto. press conference on Monday. “The old Covid-19 virus was bulldozed by variant B117, and the other two variants are also present in Toronto.”
Toronto registered 1,296 new cases on Monday and could see 2,500 new cases of Covid-19 a day by the end of the month, at current rates, health officials warned on Monday.
Redistribution of staff
About 1,300 patients have been moved to provincial hospitals to deal with the onslaught of critical cases, Smith said. Hospitals are struggling to secure supplies of tocilizumab, a cancer drug that has improved survival rates for Covid, he said. And the UHN network may soon exceed its capacity to offer extracorporeal membrane oxygen or ECMO to patients with Covid, an artificial heart and lung technology that can be used when the ventilator is insufficient.
Hospitals in northern Ontario are likely to have to cancel planned operations soon, Smith said, so that Covid’s patients can be moved from south to north of the province. Over the next week, he expects his staff to be redeployed – ideally on a voluntary basis – to areas with the greatest need.
On Monday, Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford came under pressure to close private schools as data showed the outbreak diminished, a decision that would increase pressure on working parents at a time when people are already exhausted from the 13-month pandemic. restrictions combined with the introduction of the ‘attack and start’ vaccine.
Friction between troubled health workers, desperate businesses and exhausted residents is growing across Canada. Police in Quebec used tear gas on a handful of protesters last weekend after hundreds took to the streets in violation of curfew at 8 p.m., with a handful setting fire to garbage and breaking windows, CBC News reports.
On Monday, health officials in British Columbia said the number of patients in critical care had risen to a record high.
But nowhere is the conflict between competing interests more apparent than in Ontario, where Ford is struggling to keep the virus at bay without robbing business leaders. Delays the provision of vaccines, developing information about safety of The dose of AstraZeneca and the more infectious nature of the new variants have added to its challenges, leading to a change in tactics and messages. Complex color-coded locking restrictions – which ‘gray’ poses a greater threat than ‘red’ – are accompanied by long lists of ‘phases’ of the vaccine, detailed resumption of ‘stages’ and frequent modifications and alterations.
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“It was just incredibly difficult for small businesses,” said Ryan Mallow, director of provincial affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which represents 38,000 companies in Ontario, with an average of about a dozen employees each. “We just follow along with the lexicon, let alone what that means on the spot and then the fact that things change so dramatically.”
Nationally, CFIB members received an average of almost $ 170,000 in additional debt as a result of Covid-19, according to March research. In Ontario, that figure is closer to $ 208,000. Even with federal aid, many business owners are depleting credit card debt, tapping mortgages and draining bank accounts, the study found.
Health officials knew there would always be a competition to vaccinate people before the third wave lingered, Smith said. After losing this race, Canada must impose tougher measures, including limiting regional, interpovincial and international travel for the next four to six weeks to limit the spread of more infectious variants until vaccination efforts are halted.
“These are the worst days of this pandemic, and I believe now is not the time to lighten up with anything but, to be honest, to fight it,” he said. “We will only regret what we are not doing from now on.”
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