COVID-19: after the carrot, the stick

Tired of seeing their calls for caution ignored, various provincial governments have reinstated restrictions and containment measures, hoping to stem the surge in COVID-19 cases.

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After Quebec, it was Ontario’s turn on Wednesday to indicate that it will impose fines on its recalcitrant citizens.

“Yes, there are going to be fines. I will give you the figures, I hope, tomorrow. There are going to be heavy fines for people who ignore the rules. They will be the highest in the country, ”Premier Doug Ford announced in answering journalists’ questions on Wednesday.

According to various media, the Ontario government will also announce by the end of the week that it will reduce the number of people who can meet in Toronto, Ottawa and the region of Peel. These thresholds are currently set at 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors.

After weeks of imploring its fellow citizens to respect health standards and to avoid gatherings, the Ontario government in turn pulls out the stick, like Quebec, which since Saturday has imposed minimum fines of $ 400 on citizens who refuse. to abide by the rules.

Quebec has also decided to tighten the screws on bars and restaurants by forcing them to stop selling food after midnight.

More than 300 cases … times two!

Mr. Ford made the announcement on Wednesday even as public health in his province identified 315 new coronavirus infections in 24 hours, the highest total in the country. Two deaths have also been reported.

Quebec followed Ontario closely with 303 new cases and three more deaths. This is the first time that La Belle Province has crossed the threshold of 300 infections since May 31.

Moreover, the last day of May also marked the last time that more than two provinces had exceeded the threshold of 300 cases in the same day in Canada.

The data also remained a concern in the West with 171 new cases in Alberta and 122 in British Columbia. These are, respectively, increases of 37 and 25% compared to the previous day.

“Large gatherings are a source of transmission. However, several cases we are seeing in recent weeks are linked to small gatherings where people see different groups of friends on different days, inadvertently spreading the virus, ”British Columbia health officials said in a statement. , by continuing to urge the population to limit its gatherings.

No less than 944 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the country as of Wednesday, for a total of 139,747 to date. Five deaths were added to the 9,193 Canadians who perished while carrying the coronavirus.

The situation in Canada:

  • Quebec: 65,857 cases (5,788 deaths)
  • Ontario: 45,383 cases (2,822 deaths)
  • Alberta: 16,128 cases (254 deaths)
  • British Columbia: 7,498 cases (219 deaths)
  • Saskatchewan: 1,751 cases (24 deaths)
  • Manitoba: 1,489 cases (16 deaths)
  • Nova Scotia: 1,086 cases (65 deaths)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 271 cases (3 deaths)
  • New Brunswick: 194 cases (2 deaths)
  • Prince Edward Island: 57 cases
  • Yukon: 15 cases
  • Northwest Territories: 5 cases
  • Nunavut: 0 cases
  • Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 139,747 (9,193 deaths)

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