While the numbers may be inflated due to some miscalculations, Ontario’s rate of COVID-19 infections has reached a new high today and vaccine doses are running low.
Rodrigo Diaz M.
The province is reporting 4,249 new cases of the virus, the first time the 4,000 threshold has been reached, and the repercussions are beginning to show across all healthcare platforms.
“This is the most serious situation we have been in since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford, reiterating the need for the public to follow health protocols.
Additionally, Ford said most hospitals will run out of the vaccine by next week if no new doses arrive, meaning that scheduled appointments to receive the vaccine will be canceled.
“We need vaccines,” Ford added during his press conference today. “I know the federal government is trying, they are doing everything they can, but we need them.”
Ford said a new model system will be introduced next week that will show just how drastic the situation has become. He warned that more stringent measures and sanctions are likely on the horizon to protect the population from COVID-19.
“When they see the new numbers, they will notice,” he said. “No matter what the provincial government or the federal government does, without the cooperation of the people this will get out of control. Please follow the protocols. We are in a very serious situation. Everything is on the table. There will be more measures because this is getting out of control ”.
Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s deputy chief of health, echoed the Prime Minister’s concerns, saying that today’s numbers are “terrifying” and that drastic measures will have to be taken to stem the increase in cases.
“More and more people are hospitalized, more people in the ICU, more people on ventilation,” Dr. Yaffe said. “Hospitals are cutting important procedures. They are starting to transfer patients to different hospitals. What we are seeing is a further spread of this infection in the community. We don’t want to scare people, but on the other hand there is too much complacency ”.