The Prime Minister of Canada, who resides a stone’s throw from the border between Quebec and Ontario, has expressed no preference between the Quebec curfew and the order to stay at the house of the Prime Minister of Ontario, Doug Ford.
“The important thing is to reduce contact, to stay home or have a curfew, to limit travel, to avoid gatherings. These are all ways of successfully reducing our contacts. […] I think this goal of reducing contacts is shared by governments across the country, ”diplomatically replied. Justin trudeau, when asked to say what was the best provincial approach to tackle COVID-19, during a press briefing on Friday.
Since Thursday, Ontario has urged its citizens to stay home at all times, except for essential travel and a long list of exceptions that includes, for example, walks and outdoor meetings of five people or less. On the announcement of this “stay at home order”, Ontario Premier Doug Ford launched in a formal attack on the idea of imposing a curfew as in Quebec, an approach that he considers too restrictive.
The important thing is to reduce contact
“After 8 pm, you see what is happening in Quebec, the roads are empty. I was never for the curfew [parce que] it is a severe, severe containment, “said Doug Ford Tuesday, while stressing that his province had never gone so far in terms of” police state “.
Since January 9, it is forbidden to travel outside in Quebec at night, between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., except for essential trips. Those who defy this prohibition face fines ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000.
Strict effective measures
Federal health authorities have said they are in favor of introducing more restrictive health measures, when presenting the most recent report which shows significant increases in COVID-19 infections, attributable to gatherings during the holidays. Without a drop in the number of contacts, the health situation could get out of control in the country, particularly in Ontario and Quebec, officials warn.
“If public health measures are not intensified, we will not be able to sufficiently slow down the rate of epidemic growth”, warns Dr Howard Njoo, Deputy Chief Federal Public Health Officer.
International comparisons make the doctor say that stricter confinements are working, with France, for example, which succeeded in reducing its number of infections in the fall. This country will impose, from Saturday, a curfew from 6 p.m. on the whole of its territory. On the contrary, a relaxation of the rules in Ireland has caused a health catastrophe, according to data presented by Public Health.
It should be noted that the effect of the curfew in Quebec and the order to stay at home in Ontario is too recent to have had time to give results.
“I hope for Quebec that the curfew and other measures work”, dropped the Dr Njoo, who points out that he has noticed that public health officials and the personnel of the Quebec health network are discouraged and exhausted.
So far, 689,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Canada, including 23 cases of the new variant first reported in the UK, and 2 cases of the variant detected in South Africa.