Raidah Fairooz:-Ontario has announced its third state of emergency all throughout the province due to the increasing numbers of covid cases, and as of this Thursday from 12:01 a.m, a proper stay-at-home order will be reinforced to all of the citizens officially.
The province is also taking the initiative to enlarge and increase vaccine eligibility through the construction of mobile teams for people that are of or over the age of 18, in regions that are most affected by COVID -19, including, residential buildings, religious institutions, stores containing a vast amount of workers in hot-spot neighbourhoods.
Premier Dough Ford stated that education workers residing in regions most vulnerable to the virus will be eligible to book for vaccinations from next week.
Ford further encourages all the citizens to get vaccinated at their earliest convenience by saying “I continue to ask everyone to get a vaccine as soon as you’re eligible to do so.”
The new measure taken on Wednesday does not contain paid sick days regardless of repeated calls by medical professionals, along with medical officers from Toronto, Peels, and Ottowa region.
Ford arraigned the people who claimed his government when calling for sick days as “playing politics” before routinely encouraging people to utilize the federal program.
“There’s paid sick leave from the federal government,” Ford said.
Last fall, the federal government proposed the Canada recovery sickness benefit, which gave up to $500 dollars per week up to two weeks to workers that met the requirement. Certain critics argue that the money provided is far less than a minimum wage salary, includes delays of the process for up to four weeks, and fails to ensure job security for workers who use it.
The new stay-at-home order obligates the people in Ontario to not go out of home unless absolutely necessary, like grocery shopping, work, and health care services. Shopping malls and other retailers that are not essential will be available for delivery, and curbside pickup. Educational institutions and child care are allowed to stay open in public health regions if granted permission.
The province states that new proposals will be established and introduced in the upcoming spring break, along with asymptomatic testing at assessment centers from April 12 to April 18. Residental eviction will be impeded.
Furthermore, minimum capacity will be restricted to 25% per place in retail stores.
The ministry of health stated additional 3,215 new cases of the virus on Wednesday. The average of patients being diagnosed with the virus in a week has escalated to 2,988. These were by far the most cases hit in a week since January 18.
Earlier Tuesday, Ford suggested the emergence of additional restrictions that were being made and would be reinforced upon the citizens of Ontario shortly.
“I think we made massive moves last week by basically shutting down the entire province,” Ford said.
New measures the government took resulted in the malls being open for the Easter weekend, but despite that matter, Ford showcased his frustration for the Ontarians for going shopping.
He said, “A lot of people were going into the malls and doing their little wander around and coming out with no bags.”
Despite the extensive measures taken by the government, associations from health care institutions complained by arguing more needed to be done in order to prevent people from getting infected from the virus and dying of it and to avert the healthcare systems from getting overwhelmed.
A new analysis from ICES, which is an Ontario research organization that keeps track of the data of different healthcare problems on a wide range portrayed a problem by using postal codes, that Toronto’s most impacted neighbourhoods were not getting COVID vaccines at the same pace as those in areas with higher income which have very low impact rates in comparison.
Ontario’s very own COVID science advisory table has on a daily basis warned the Ontarians about the third wave being more deadly as it is being driven by more dangerous transmittable disease. Additionally, it is outnumbering the current rate of vaccination at an alarming rate, significantly in York and Peel regions.
News source: CBC