Vaccination passport takes effect in Ontario

The vaccine passport went into effect in Ontario on Wednesday, the day the province reported 463 additional coronavirus disease-related infections as well as seven deaths.

• Read also: COVID-19 in Quebec: 683 new cases and 5 more deaths

This is the lowest level of daily cases in just over a month. Of the 463 Ontarians who contracted COVID-19, 332 people were not adequately vaccinated and 131 had received their two doses.

Hospitalizations have decreased (299, -31), but there is an increase in intensive care in Ontario (187, +8).

In a press briefing, Premier Doug Ford, who was initially hesitant to imitate Quebec and his vaccine passport, said he was aware that this measure was not unanimous. He spoke of a temporary measure.

“I know it may be difficult for some, but we owe it to our companies to do everything possible to avoid lockdowns,” he said.

“We cannot afford to close again or see a sudden increase in cases like we are seeing in other parts of the country,” added the Conservative leader, referring to Alberta.

Doug Ford also indicated that the Conservative candidates will have to be vaccinated before the provincial election of 2022, which must be held no later than June 2.

In Quebec, 683 infections and five additional deaths were added on Wednesday. Hospitalizations have increased (280, +6), especially in intensive care (91, +5).

Fewer than 10,000 Quebecers rolled up a sleeve the day before, including 6,185 to receive a second dose of vaccine.

Finally, note that Nova Scotia evoked 19 more patients on Wednesday.

The situation in Canada:

  • Ontario: 581,231 cases (9,670 deaths)
  • Quebec: 404,974 cases (11,340 deaths)
  • Alberta: 283,710 cases (2,574 deaths)
  • British Columbia: 180,178 cases (1,900 deaths)
  • Saskatchewan: 62,989 cases (646 deaths)
  • Manitoba: 59,880 cases (1,207 deaths)
  • Nova Scotia: 6,411 cases (94 deaths)
  • New Brunswick: 3,501 cases (48 deaths)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,586 cases (7 deaths)
  • Northwest Territories: 834 cases (2 deaths)
  • Yukon: 725 cases (9 deaths)
  • Nunavut: 663 (4 deaths)
  • Prince Edward Island: 287 cases
  • Canadian returnees: 13 cases
  • Total: 1,586,924 (27,500 deaths)

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