Toronto — Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford calls on revoke new widespread COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor recreational activities in a promise of federal support to ease the burden on the state’s tense health system Has increased.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several ministers will bring the federal sector together for available personnel that may be relocated to the struck state to cover the cost of flying with additional support from other states. I promised that.
There was no immediate word from Ford about Trudeau’s promise, but a state health minister spokesman issued a statement thanking the offer.
The proposed federal aid will come two days after Ford has filed a national appeal for assistance in tensioned hospitals and other medical resources in Ontario.
Ford’s office did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
As Ontario set more hospitalization records and intensive care units struggled to save more and more patients, questions were asked about federal aid offers and points of restriction that would close most outdoor recreation spaces throughout the state. increased.
Health officials reported 741 people in the intensive care unit with COVID-19, and more than 500 needed a ventilator to breathe. A total of 2,107 infected patients were hospitalized.
The state also recorded 4,250 new infections and 18 new virus-related deaths on Sunday.
Ford has already retreated some of the broader police powers enacted on Friday as part of a series of new measures aimed at curbing a surge in the third wave. He also said the playground could remain open and overturn another announcement on Friday and afternoon.
Other outdoor recreation areas, such as soccer fields, picnic tables and golf courses, have been ordered to remain closed.
Critics of measures seized for lack of scientific evidence to condemn emergency measures.
Dr. Isaac Bogotti, an infectious disease expert at the University Health Network, called outdoor restrictions going in the wrong direction and said people should be encouraged to go out.
“We know that there is little risk of getting COVID-19 outdoors,” Bogoch said. “We should focus on areas where the virus is actually infected, that is, indoors, mainly among essential workers who cannot afford to lock down or stay at home. “
One of the fastest growing online petitions that asked Ford to reopen the golf course and allow Pickleball to blow off its 10,000 signature goals on Sunday.
Mark Calve Freish of Oshawa, Ontario, who started the petition, said this was a matter of physical and mental health.
“The government started playing golf last year and proved that it’s safe to play golf with pickleballs, boats, and what you can do to get out,” enthusiastic golfer Calve Freish said in an interview. “I don’t remember the case of COVID being infected through golf.”
Ford again on Saturday in a barrage of criticism, and after police said they would randomly stop drivers or pedestrians and not use their new power to ask why they weren’t at home. I changed the rules. Police officers must have grounds to suspect a breach of home order before requesting information.
However, one lawyer said the change did not improve much as police officers were able to spread inquiries to suspected violations.
“Based on the answers to these questions, police may take the position that they have a basis for conducting further investigations of the individual,” Nader Hasan said on Sunday. “This power is good for abuse, excuse search, and racial profiling.”
Meanwhile, political struggles seemed to be taking place in the words that the state proposed closing Congress on Wednesday at the earliest.
Opposition accused Ford of trying to hide from the anger caused by a series of recent restrictions and not wanting workers to legislate paid sick leave.
Opposition leader Andrea Horwath disagrees with the closure of the legislature until the progressive conservative government overturns what she describes as a “dangerous police state order” and replaces them with public health measures. Said.
“We are not ready to help Doug Ford go home. We will leave the police state in place while he allows COVID-19 rampant,” Howas said in a statement. It was.
In response, Government Complex leader Paul Calandra said the proposed closure was to protect legislative support staff from COVID-19 and could not be achieved with a virtual sitting.
“The government has offered an option to postpone parliament to keep those who support elected civil servants safe,” Calandra said in a statement.
Congress is currently scheduled to sit until June. Calandra just said that this week will be the session.
Colin Parkel and Nicole Thompson