Ontario Premier Duck Ford faces growing criticism over the recent strike. Some political opponents say it is too late and many in the health sector say his latest measures are not enough.
“At 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 3, Ontario will pull the emergency brake for the entire state.”
Ford announced last week about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario, urging him to change the relaxed regulations, but not the lock that many expected, and to enforce him in the health sector.
“We are going to war and we do not have the capacity in beds or ventilators to care for these nasty patients,” said Dr. Kali Barrett, a leading care physician in Toronto.
About 150 doctors working in the intensive care units were very angry and concerned and sent a letter to Ford urging drastic measures.
Dr. Michael Warner, Director of Maintenance Medical at Michael Caron Hospital, said: “GVA is on fire with Covit-19. Now if something does not change, I do not want to consider what we should do if this situation does not change.
Warner said ICUs cannot admit 10-20 new patients a day to hospitals because they are not efficient. Not enough to protect people going to work, knowing the risks, but forcing them to provide for their families.
Warner said a woman in her 40s died of COVID-19 from her husband. Despite the explosion at the factory where he worked, he fell ill after being told to go to work.
“If the government does the right thing and protects the people and really protects the people who are affected, the Prime Minister will never speak at his press conferences,” Warner said. “I’m tired of it, and so are my colleagues. If that doesn’t change, these four weeks (strike) will be a complete waste because we wouldn’t have gone after the root cause, which spreads to the essential workplaces.”
Dr. Abdu Sharkov, an epidemiologist, is also angry at the Ford government’s attitude.
“These people need our support, they need paid leave, they need solitude, they need better testing, they need some reassurance that their families will not have to make a decision between survival and putting them on the dining table, or ending up in an ICU on a ventilator , “Said Sharkov.
Many low-income families have to send their children to school where there are 30 children in a class where the right distance is not possible, teachers do not have proper BPE, children unpack lunch, and there is no ventilation restoration yet. He said it was a myth that schools would somehow get rid of the virus.
Ford also faced harsh criticism from political opponents, including New Democrat leader Andrea Harvard.
“I worry that this approach, this failed approach will make us fail again,” Harvard said. “What we do know is that the public health measures announced by this government are not what experts demand. They are declining.”
Doctors are urging Toronto and Peel regional mayors to take matters into their own hands and impose stricter restrictions.
Meanwhile epidemics continue to rise in the province, with more than 3,000 cases a day on Fridays and Saturdays.