Ontario and Covid-19

Canada medical news

Sarah Peddie

Canada will send health staff and equipment into Ontario as the province has to battle with a spike in coronavirus cases.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the nation with the message on Sunday.

They will send health professionals from different federal departments into Ontario - especially the Toronto region where the situation is the worst.

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province with 14 million residents and has struggled with Covid-19 cases, hospitalisation and ICU patients - overwhelming the healthcare system.

On Sunday (April 18) the province had reported around 4,250 cases, 18 deaths and over 2,100 referred to hospital. 

The government is currently in discussion with provinces like Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to free up health staff, equipment and resources.

They will also send rapid Covid-19 tests to the areas of Ontario that have been affected the most.

Mr Trudeau said in his video message: “Canadians are watching surging cases, driven by more contagious variants in places across the country, including in our largest province and Canada's largest city.

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“Things will get better. And until they do Ontario, Canadians, we have your back. Together, we will get through this.”

Ontario introduced a tighter lockdown last Friday which has led to closing inter-provincial borders and non-essential travel.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford extended the lockdown by two weeks until May 19 and told residents to only go out for essentials and basic needs.

The provincial government has also limited the capacity at essential businesses like pharmacies and supermarkets as well as at weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies. 

Canada has vaccinated almost 24 per cent of its population with one dose of the vaccine according to the official tracker.

The minimum age to get the AstraZeneca vaccine will be lowered from 55 to 40 in Ontario to help widen the access of the vaccine.

Since the start of the pandemic, Canada has recorded more than 1.1 million cases of coronavirus and around 23,600 deaths throughout the country.

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