Restrictions have been added to certain COVID-19 hotspots, and restrictions have been relaxed in areas that see improvement
On Monday, officials imposed new restrictions or provided support for existing and emerging COVID-19 hotspots, and areas where the epidemic appears to be out of control continue to relax public health measures.
A few days after Manitoba asked the federal government for additional help, Ottawa announced that it would send health workers and other support to Grand Prairie Province, which is currently facing a high positive rate and the burden of intensive care units.
The federal government said it will also provide medical personnel and military assistance through the Canadian Red Cross, adding that it is also preparing to deploy epidemiologists, laboratory technicians and other support to respond to the province’s needs.
Federal Minister of Health Patty Hajdu said in a statement: “The human and health equipment resources we provide will help reduce the impact of the third wave of COVID-19 in Manitoba.”
At the same time, in Newfoundland and Labrador, health officials Monday imposed public health restrictions on large areas in the northeast of the province, putting communities along the Trans-Canada Highway from Gambo to Bad at the second highest alert level.
The new rules went into effect immediately and were several days after moving the area from Lewisporte to Summerford to the same alert level.
Officials said there were 32 cases related to the growing cluster of cases in the region, which triggered the need to move to level 4.
However, as the COVID-19 situation shows signs of continuous improvement, other parts of Canada have begun to relax restrictions.
Québec has seen a downward trend in the number of cases and cancelled the last emergency lockdown measures imposed on certain hotspots on Monday.
After the province recorded 433 new COVID-19 infections and 11 new deaths related to the virus, it was decided to terminate the special measures in some cities in the Estrie, Chaudiere-Appalaches and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions.
These areas will now return to the red alert level of the province’s pandemic system, which means that non-essential businesses can be reopened and the curfew will be postponed to 9:30, keeping pace with most areas in southern Quebec.
The curfew is expected to be lifted across Quebec later this week-this is a major development in the province’s reopening.
Saskatchewan announced that it will begin to relax the restrictions less than a month after exceeding the threshold for Step 2 of the reopening plan, which requires at least 70% of residents 30 years and older to receive the first dose of the vaccine.
From June 20, the province will relax restrictions on retail, personal care services, restaurants and bars, although it will maintain physical distancing and other health measures.
Prime Minister Scott Moe said on Monday that once 70% of all adult populations in Saskatchewan are vaccinated, restrictions will be further relaxed. The third step will delete almost all remaining public health orders.
The government of Yukon will remove various COVID-19 health restrictions on Tuesday, including allowing groups of up to 200 people to gather indoors and outdoors, provided that the body is kept evacuated.
British Columbia is ready to announce its restart plan on Tuesday, with 974 new cases and 12 deaths recorded throughout the long weekend. The number of COVID-related hospitalizations in the province has also declined.
In neighboring Alberta, health officials have reported 452 new cases in the past 24 hours, but noted that overall active cases have fallen by about a third from a week ago.
In the eastern region, Nova Scotia reported 49 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with a total of 894 active infections across the province.
At the same time, New Brunswick recorded 15 new cases, most of which were in the Fredericton area.
Due to the Victoria Day holiday, some provinces (such as Ontario) did not report daily case counts.
The Canadian News Agency report was first published on May 24, 2021.