Coronavirus infection rates in Canada’s largest state have reached record highs as they warn hospitals that they are likely to be overwhelmed.
A committee of experts said that if public health measures were weak and vaccination coverage did not rise, Ontario’s infectious diseases could increase by 600% by June.
For the first time since the pandemic began last week Canada has more cases per million than the United States.
Currently, about 22% of Canadians are first vaccinated.
that is 37% in the US..
A public health expert advising the Ontario government said a stay-at-home order would be required for at least six weeks to control the current Covid wave, and vaccinations would be given 100,000 times a day. I am.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government will support Toronto, the country’s largest city, which has been hit hard by the recent surge.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to help. Discussions about additional healthcare providers are ongoing and we’re ready to step up,” he said on Friday. It was.
Why did it suddenly worsen?
New variants, especially the British variant B1.1.7, account for more than two-thirds of Ontario’s infectious diseases.
Despite ongoing vaccination, a panel of experts warned that the number of new cases in Ontario could reach 30,000 a day. It is a state of 14 million people, 38% of Canada’s total population.
Ontario reported 4,812 new cases on Friday, setting a new record for the third consecutive day since the pandemic began.
The number of patients in hospitals and intensive care units also set Ontario records: 1,955 and 701, respectively.
The panel of experts said that in the best scenario, new cases would be reduced to about 5,000 per day, but would require significantly more stringent public health measures than those currently in place.
In addition, a vaccination rate of 300,000 times a day is required. This is three times the current pace.
Last week, a college of doctors and surgeons in Ontario warned doctors that the unit was nearly full and that it might be necessary to begin deciding who should be admitted to the intensive care unit.
Adalstein Brown, co-chair of the Ontario Expert Panel, said Ontario hospitals were no longer functioning properly.
“Our children’s hospital accepts adults. This has never happened in Ontario. It has never happened in Canada.”
Currently, a field hospital is set up in the parking lot of one of Toronto’s major hospitals.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford will announce new measures later on Friday.
How about a vaccination campaign?
After a slow start, the pace of vaccination is now accelerating. Canada quickly purchased an inventory of vaccines, but until recently, deployment lags behind other developed countries.
Currently, 9 million Canadians are vaccinated at least once.
There was a lot of news on Friday. Modana said it would cut its next shipment to Canada by almost half, to 650,000, but Pfizer plans to supply another 8 million after reaching the New Deal with the Canadian government.
Unlike some European countries, Canada does not recommend the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in young patients. Health officials in Canada say the risk of catching Covid-19 far outweighs the risk of rare blood clots.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is seeking a national response, sharing resources across state and territory boundaries to reach the areas of greatest need.