TORONTO – Several Canadian states are imposing new restrictions on social gatherings and entrepreneurship in an effort to curb the resurgence of the coronavirus, which is affecting more seriously ill young people than previously straining some healthcare systems.
Infectious disease specialists note that the renaissance has partly contributed to the spread of epidemic fatigue, premature erosion of edema, and more “transmitted” dangerous variants, particularly B.1.1.7, first found in the UK. And it is disturbing that they say that the spread of fragile vaccines does not help to slow down the renaissance.
“We are very concerned that the options are becoming more and more prevalent,” said Howard Njou, Canada’s Deputy Director of Public Health, on Thursday, urging Canadians not to gather in person with other housemates.
Cases of coronavirus և hospitalization have dropped sharply և since the peak in January, but the trend has changed, even among vaccinations. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the seven-day average on Wednesday rose to ,0 5,086, up 40% from the previous week և 72% from the beginning of the month.
Other worrying trends are on the rise. On Wednesday, the number of different cases in the country exceeded the index of the previous week by 70%. British Columbia recorded the highest number of daily cases this week. Ontario has never had more coronavirus patients in resuscitation.
Public health officials across the country, according to Infectious Diseases Specialists, report fewer hospitalized patients with more serious illnesses than in previous waves. The age of younger infected people in the country varies, but mostly they are under 60 years old.
“As new versions spread, you will see that COVID-19 kills young people faster,” said Adalstein Brown, co-chair of a group of scientists advising Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford. “It is spreading much faster than before.” We can’t vaccinate so fast that we can break this third wave. “
Alysson Kelvin of the University of Saskatchewan Vaccine Infection Organization says young people in hospitals can replace the elderly, as many of the most vulnerable in the past have been vaccinated, young people are the main workers, and their options are being challenged. more serious illness.
“The options play by different rules,” he said.
British Columbia, which praised the epidemic, announced on Monday that it would suspend closed dining rooms, worship services and closed group fitness classes for three weeks. Bonnie Henry, of the state health department, said the options boost the tide.
The Whistler Blackcomb ski resort is also closed. Officials said it was a “worrying” case of P. 1 cluster, first found in Brazil. According to the Vancouver Coast Guard, about 83% of cases in Whistler were between the ages of 20 and 39.
Quebec imposed restrictions this week on a number of areas that have recently eased restrictions, including the closure of schools, theaters, gyms, hairdressing salons and small businesses for 10 days. Officials in those areas at 9 p.m. A curfew was lifted on the 30th at 8pm, and restrictions were placed on places of worship.
“People really have to stay home if they do not need to go to work at all,” said Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legol.
In Ontario, Ford canceled homes in most of the province in February, despite warnings from a commission advising it would increase the number of cases. On Thursday, he pulled what he called an “emergency brake” in the region, closing indoor and outdoor canteens, limiting capacity for business, weddings and funerals.
The restrictions are less severe than in the state in December, which included the closure of low-income businesses and schools.
Brown, who is also dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, noted the plight of the state’s intensive care unit, based on what he heard from front-line health workers.
“Now all the families are in resuscitation,” he said. “We have to separate ambulance և helicopter families և move to other areas with spare beds [One] The family eventually spread to three different hospitals in three cities, and all died. ”
Lavena Munshi, a critical physician at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, says many of the patients in her hospital’s clinics are key staff members. He said they are often from low-income areas, worried that they might miss out on salaries if they have to stay home for a check-up or become ill.
Munshi, who is also a member of the government’s advisory committee, said Ontario’s new restrictions were unlikely to do much to break those transmission chains.
“The epidemic has really masked the major inequalities that existed in our health care system,” he said. “Such a paid leave is really something we hope the government will consider.”
Canada’s coronavirus trends are reflected elsewhere, including in some parts of the United States, in a number of European countries where cases have also risen sharply, hospitals are in turmoil, and governments are imposing new restrictions on social gatherings, businesses, and schools.
The spread of vaccines in Canada has been slow, in part due to a lack of domestic vaccine production capacity and delays in the importation of doses from abroad. It has accelerated in recent weeks, but Canada is still far behind its peers.
As of April 1, Canada received 15.6 doses per 100 people, according to Oxford University’s “Our World in Data”, which is about a third of the United States. In Canada, less than 2% of people are fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
In Alberta, which delayed moving to the next phase of its reopening program amid an increase in the number of cases, Prime Minister Ason Eason Kenny said this week that “options in the COVID-19 vaccine race are winning.”
According to a report by the Canadian Institute of Health, the outbreak had its bright spots, particularly in long-term care homes that were vaccinated after the outbreak, which was responsible for at least 69% of Canadian coronavirus deaths. Information:
Data from Ontario last month showed that the vaccine reduced the relative risk of infection and death in those facilities by an estimated 89.96%, respectively, compared with a control group of unvaccinated elderly people living outside those facilities. Similar conclusions have been registered in other areas as well.
“It’s frustrating to have so few vaccines, so little coverage,” Kelvin said. “But we are now going through the vaccine ramp … so I hope we can get some restraint in the near future.”