THURSDAY, Feb. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News)
Four Canadian provinces mentioned this week that they’re going to elevate their COVID-19 restrictions because the wave of circumstances brought on by the Omicron variant has crested nationwide.
The strikes come within the midst of ongoing protests by teams decreeing Canada’s vaccine passport program and different virus precautions. Protests embrace blockades by so-called “Freedom Convoy” truckers which have crippled site visitors at key border crossings and the capital metropolis of Ottawa, the Associated Press reported.
The new easing of restrictions was introduced by Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. But Ontario, the nation’s largest province, plans to proceed with its phased lifting of restrictions in what it calls a “very cautious” strategy to the pandemic, the AP reported.
“We haven’t any plans presently to drop the passport vaccination scenario or masking. We consider that masking goes to be essential for a while to return,” Ontario Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott mentioned.
“We’ve always said we’re going to take a very cautious, phased, prudent approach to opening up and that’s the path we’re going to follow,” she mentioned.
Canada has had tighter COVID-19 restrictions than the United States, and the measures have been supported by the vast majority of folks within the nation, the place the COVID-19 demise price is one-third that of the United States, the AP reported.
But a minority of protestors have wreaked havoc in sure areas this month. A blockade by greater than 400 vans has stopped site visitors in downtown Ottawa, whereas truckers have blocked border crossings at Coutts, Alberta and Windsor, Ontario.
The bridge border crossing at Windsor carries one-quarter of all commerce between the United States and Canada, the AP famous, and the blockade’s results on the Canadian economic system has some lawmakers frightened.
“When this bridge is closed for an hour, the auto sector notices,” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens mentioned, referring to the auto business situated in and round Windsor and Detroit. “When it’s closed for plenty of days, folks begin demanding motion, and we hear you. We’re not going to let this occur for a protracted time frame.”
The majority of Canadians look like in assist of some COVID-19 restrictions, nevertheless, and greater than 84% of individuals in Canada have acquired at the very least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine,
According to the APabout 90% of truckers in Canada are vaccinated, and trucker associations and lots of big-rig operators have denounced the protests, which many consider are primarily based in far-right political extremism.
“We’re all tired, yes, we’re all frustrated, but we continue to be there for each other,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned. “We continue to know that science and public health rules and guidance is the best way through this pandemic.”
SOURCE: Associated Press
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