TORONTO (AP) – Schools in Canada’s largest city will be closed on Wednesday for online education due to a third wave of coronavirus infections that are fueled by more contagious viral variants.
Toronto health doctor Eileen de Villa said in a statement that stronger measures are needed to eliminate the strong wave.
“The spread of COVID-19 has never been greater in Toronto. “Concerns increase the risk of transmission, the risk of serious illness or death,” de Vila said in a statement.
In recent days, Ontario has seen more than 3,000 new infections a day, with records of intensive care.
The move follows a similar move in the neighboring Pill area. Closures will be re-evaluated later this month. Toronto has one of the largest school districts in North America.
Local health officials made the decision after the state refused to act. Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford, who has previously said schools are safe, has been criticized by health officials for failing to do more to control infections.
Ford refused to close the malls, but then urged people to use them.
“Countries around the world are facing a very serious third wave of this epidemic.” And right now, Canada too. This is not good news for any of us, but hospitalizations are on the rise. The ICU beds are filling up, “said Prime Minister Just Astin Trudeau on Tuesday.
He said he planned to talk to Ford about “what it means to increase the number of cases in hospitals, to vaccinate as many people as possible as soon as possible.”
Vaccinations have become more common in Canada in recent weeks, with at least one dose for all adults seeking the vaccine by July.
York County, just north of Toronto, is also a hotbed of new infections, but has decided to keep schools open.
At the behest of Dr. Karim Kurji, York County Health Officer, York County Public Health continues to pursue regional reopening, prioritizing schools, even during the state of emergency braking in York. said the speaker of the region.
Laura Barr, a 40-year-old teacher in Toronto, said she calmed down in her classroom after finishing class. Her schoolteachers also taught students in person online.
“I no longer felt safe,” he said. “It was very stressful to try to keep my distance այլ other safety protocols while communicating with students studying at home. I am very excited that the schools have been stopped. “Now I can focus on teaching without worrying that my health is at stake.”
He added that he would like Ford to take appropriate action as soon as possible to avoid the third wave. “It will be so difficult for many families to make the necessary arrangements to adjust to distance learning without notice,” he said.