As the COVID-19 toll improves in Quebec, health workers regret the demonstration against health measures that took place on Saturday in Montreal, but remember that the protesters represented a minority of the population.
“It’s really a disappointment. We live in a rich country. We have the privilege of getting a lot of vaccinations. There, people come to paralyze the vaccination process in the midst of a pandemic,” says Natasha Lavriniere, Home Nursing Aide and Resuscitation Coach. You remember that many countries have yet to receive the doses of the vaccine against COVID-19.
I am not against people who demonstrate, because we live in a democracy. But what shocked me was the choice of a vaccination center as the right place, ”M.I Lavrinier, who says she is in shock and sad events.
DReturn Amelie Boisclair, the intensive care physician at Pierre Le Gardier Hospital in Tribune, also denounces the gathering. “My team handled it really badly. For them it was a slap in the face,” she says.
We’re all tired of it, but we need to stay together.
DReturn Amélie Boisclair, Intensive Care Specialist at Pierre-Le Gardeur Hospital
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people marched in the streets near the Olympic Stadium as part of a demonstration against the health measures they consider “excessive and unjustified”. Hired coaches transported participants from several cities in Quebec, in particular from Trois-Riviere and Gatineau.
“The silent majority is behind us.”
The specialists wanted to remind that the demonstrators represent only a minority of the population. Dr.s Kwok Nguyen is a geriatrician at the University of Montreal (CHUM) Medical Center.
He points out that population support for vaccination is very strong in the governorate. “If we don’t have vaccines or if the vaccination plan gets worse, it will bother me more,” he says.
Prime Minister Francois Legault announced that the vast majority of Quebecers support health measures.
Nobody likes them, measures them. We can’t all wait for this to end. We are nearing the end with vaccination.
Francois Legault at a press conference at noon Sunday
DReturn Boisclair is of the same opinion. It is a minority and the excitement of vaccination is proof of this. “The silent majority stands behind us,” she says. However, it regrets that the actions of this minority nullify the efforts of the rest of the population. “It’s not just about them. Their actions have consequences for everyone. That’s what worries,” she said.
Experts hope the protest will not further spread COVID-19 in the province in the coming weeks. “In a context where variables prevail, it is absolutely necessary to protect yourself and not gather, especially not 30,000 people,” emphasizes M.I Lavrinier.
Ds Nguyen consoles himself that the demonstration took place outside, not in an enclosed space. However, he fears that the contamination occurred before or after the demonstration. “If people demonstrate and then, in the car, take off their masks or pile up for hours on a bus, then this is what increases the spread of the disease,” he said.
For his part, François Legault noted the importance of protecting oneself and protecting others. “I can understand that there is a small minority that you do not believe in, but this minority cannot go and get infected or risk infecting other people,” he said.
The situation remains stable
The outbreak came as the number of new cases remained stable and the number of hospitalizations decreased in the province. On Sunday, public health authorities reported 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 additional deaths. As the day before, hospital admissions related to the virus have decreased.
With 1,006 new cases, the total number of infected people in Quebec brings to 351,880. Of these, 331,513 have been cured.
In total, 10,942 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Quebec since the start of this pandemic. Of the nine deaths recorded on Sunday, no deaths occurred on the last day. Eight of them were reported between April 25-30 and one before April 25.
And in the Capitale-Nationale region, there are five new deaths out of nine. In Montergue, two people have died from COVID-19. The Choudiere Appalachian and Montreal regions deplore one death.
The number of people hospitalized with complications from COVID-19 is declining. There are now 574 patients in hospital, 4 less than the day before; 157 people are in intensive care, down 2 from Saturday.
An encouraging trend, according to Health Minister Christian Dube. Let us continue our efforts to improve the situation. I would also like to thank our teams from the Health Network who are there every day to treat and vaccinate Quebecers, “he said on his Twitter account.
On the assay side, 34,405 samples were taken on April 30th.
The vaccination campaign also continued. Quebec gave 50,555 doses, that is, 49,609 doses in the last 24 hours and 946 doses 1 beforehe is May, for a total of 3,218,214 doses across the province so far.
Canadian provinces lookout
While the situation has remained stable for a few days in Quebec, several provinces such as Ontario and Alberta have continued to record an increase in COVID-19 cases.
In Alberta, the number of new cases has exceeded 2,000 in the past three days. Physicians were briefed on triage protocols if this practice became necessary.
In the face of the current wave of COVID-19 hitting the province hard, parliamentary proceedings were suspended for at least two weeks on Sunday in the Alberta Legislative Assembly. By default, the cabinet and parliamentary committees will continue to meet.
Government House Speaker Jason Nixon said in a statement that there are no new confirmed cases among elected officials and employees, but that the comment was intended to prevent any outbreak of COVID-19.
Amidst the third wave, Ontario announced Sunday that all adults 18 years of age or older who live in the 114 zip codes designated as virus hotspots will be able to book an appointment on the county portal beginning at 8 a.m. Monday.
The county will also expand access to COVID-19 vaccines across the province starting this week, due to an increase in Pfizer-BioNTech shipments. Ontario reported 3,732 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 more virus-related deaths on Sunday.
In New Brunswick, the mandatory traveler quarantine that came into effect on April 24 has been relaxed. The government, which originally said travelers should self-isolate for at least seven days in a hotel, said on Saturday that travelers could stay in personal accommodation. Each case will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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