Rising COVID cases in Ontario have raised concerns about the plight of the Quebec Spark Hospital

Authorities in Ontario and Quebec expressed concern Monday that the recent increase in COVID-19 cases has put renewed pressure on the health care system as both provinces try to control the spread of the virus.

Authorities in Ontario and Quebec expressed concern Monday that the recent increase in COVID-19 cases has put renewed pressure on the health care system as both provinces try to control the spread of the virus.

Ontario recorded nearly 6,000 new COVID-19 cases in two days’ time on Monday, with Toronto Mayor John Dory announcing that he was working on a program to vaccinate high-risk workplaces. Tory said the province should go further by working with the federal government to expand paid sick leave programs for workers to stay at home and isolate themselves.

The Ontario government has said it will not duplicate the paid sick leave program run by Ottawa, but Tory says the growing number of cases and the resulting pressure on provincial hospitals show that the approach needs to be reconsidered.

“If the sick days of getting paid hadn’t come before … of course the time has come when we’re on the third wave, and it’s taking an even worse number, it will appear in terms of ICU occupation, and the hospital is overburdened,” Tory said.

The number of patients in intensive care with COVID-19 has reached an all-time high in Ontario in recent days, with 494 people in the ICU on Monday, according to government data.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Tube on Monday pointed out the condition of hospitals because the province added five municipalities south of Quebec City to the list of cities that must follow strict locking rules.

“Regarding the condition of our hospitals, the hospital’s capacity for intensive care is weak,” Tube wrote on Twitter. There are currently 123 people in intensive care for COVID-19 in Quebec, which is less than the capacity of 383.

The province announced that non-essential businesses and multiple cultural venues would be closed, that schools would move to virtual learning, and that a one-night curfew would be imposed in five areas of the Saudier-Appalachian region from 8:30 pm to 9 pm on Monday.

Tube said authorities were also concerned about the Montreal area, which he described as “under pressure”, although the province had not yet announced new measures for the province.

Canada’s chief public health official said more hospital admissions have been made in recent weeks due to an increase in the number of COVID – 19 cases and the rate of cases involving more infections.

“The increase in acute and complex illnesses puts new pressure on the health care system and health workers,” Dr. Theresa Tom said in a statement.

Although deaths continue to decline despite an increase, there is concern that this trend may change, especially as more infectious species are associated with more serious illnesses and deaths.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 5, 2021

– With files by Sean Jeffords in Toronto

Morgan Lori, The Canadian Press

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