“I will do what I want”: NS Prime Minister Iain Rankin (Iain Rankin) locked double
Iain Rankin, Prime Minister of Nova Scotia, said that even if his efforts ultimately limit individual rights, he will continue to use all legal means to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
Last Friday, the province received a court injunction to stop protests against its lockdown measures, which included preventing unnecessary travel at the border and people attempting to immigrate to the province, and imposing arrests on any travel outside of their area. People were fined hefty. live.
Rankin told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC): “I will do everything I can to ensure the safety of Nova Scotia people within the scope of the legal and public health emergency.” house In the interview aired on Saturday
“I recognize that people truly value their freedom and freedom of expression. I believe in all these things. However, you cannot deprive individuals of their freedom to live in a society where they are not afraid of contracting COVID…”
The ban prevented an organization called Freedom Nova Scotia from conducting a planned protest rally today. The court order also authorized the police to use reasonable force to arrest anyone who participated in one of the protests.
Nova Scotia adopted stricter restrictions last week after the sudden increase in COVID-19 positive cases. This is a huge change in one province, where new cases have been reported in single digits every day for several months.
The Prime Minister of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said in a speech this week that closing the border with other parts of Canada violates the right of movement guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Cara Faith Zwibel, the chairman of the association, wrote: “The Charter requires the government to restrict rights with the least amount of infringement.” “Under the current circumstances, self-isolation can be done. Effectively combined with testing requirements to reduce risk. There is no need to exclude Canadians from the province.”
CBC News: House of Representatives8:34Vaccines and viruses in Nova Scotia
Travelers ignore isolation: Rankin
Rankin did not flinch. He said it is clear that some people ignore the 14-day quarantine required for tourists entering the province.
He said: “So we took it to the next step, we had to lock the border.” house. “We don’t want to take this step. It is causing a disruption in people’s and families’ lives. Nonetheless, we need to do it the first time this incident broke out in the Halifax area.”
As of Friday, There are 1,530 active COVID-19 cases and 21 intensive care patients in the province.
Nova Scotia’s vaccination rate is one of the lowest among all provinces. Only about 30% of people in Nova Scotia have received their first dose. In recent days, this pace has accelerated, and everyone in the province aged 35 and above is now eligible to be vaccinated.
The province’s fact sheet released last Friday showed the impact of the third wave of shocks. The company stated that since March 1, 2020, 58% of the total number of reported COVID-19 cases are responsible. Now, the total number of COVID hospitalizations for ICV and non-ICU is 103; by 2020, this number has risen to 50. It was only 12 o’clock in the second wave of last fall.
The competition between vaccination efforts and new vaccines is spreading across the country. These variants include the B117 strain that was first discovered in the UK. Now, it is mainly distributed in Nova Scotia and other provinces, most of which are still under lockdown.
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Watch: Dr. Lishan Tan discusses Canada’s second pandemic summer
Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Lisa Tan, said on Friday that the increase in vaccine supply means that every Canadian who wants to get an injection should be able to receive the first dose of vaccine by June.
She added that people who took at least one dose In summer, you can socialize with family and friends outdoors.
This is a prudent approach. Its success or failure will depend on the performance of each region or community in containing the virus.
The situation in the four Atlantic provinces shows that even if people continue to restrict social activities outside the home, wear masks and wash their hands thoroughly, it will not be easy.
The Atlantic bubble restricted travel to the area to people in the area, which reduced the number of cases. Rankin said that the fact that Nova Scotia is experiencing a third wave shows that everyone needs to be vigilant.
This is why the restrictions he imposed-including border closures with other Canadians-may remain until the original expiry date at the end of May.
He said: “We need to make sure that we are observing the situation in other provinces.” “And, until we control the third wave, I will not talk about the border situation. I am happy to say. It has been several weeks.
This is an important political decision for a province, which claims to be Canada’s ocean playground, which depends to a large extent on tourism revenue.
Rankin said: “But public safety comes first.” “The best economic policy is a strong public health policy.”