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Top public health doctors call for stay-at-home orders in letter to Williams

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	 		With new supply Ontario should change its vaccination plan experts say By Canadian Press With new supply Ontario should change its vaccination plan experts say
Patty Aguilar | 07 April, 2021, 11:36

"As you would expect with variants of concern that are more transmissible, they will tend to take over cases, so there will be more of those and fewer of what we call other COVID cases", Dix said.

The letter says that with the B.1.1.7 variant, the risk of ICU admission is two times higher and the risk of death is 1.5 times higher.

New Brunswick is reporting 10 new cases of COVID-19, with health officials there saying seven cases in the Moncton region are under investigation.

"Both Peel and Toronto have seen rapid case growth while placed in the Grey-Lockdown category of the COVID-19 response framework, highlight the need for stronger public health measures", the doctors wrote, adding that the third wave is being driven by variants of concern (such as new strains detected in the UK, South Africa and Brazil) and that younger people are being hospitalized with more severe illness. There were 328 people in hospital and 96 of them were in critical care. All of the new variant cases were found in the Vancouver region, except for one case that was found in the Fraser Health region.

Of the people in hospital, 42 have the variant first detected in the United Kingdom, 20 the strain that emerged in Brazil, and one has the variant that was first identified in South Africa, Henry said.

"With the limited amount of supply, I think we have been very successful in our initial strategy, which was to get it into residents of long-term care, their staff, and into health-care workers who are going to be carrying the brunt of everything", said Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease professor at Queen's University.

"Unfortunately, what we're seeing is the number of contacts people have been having in their social networks has been expanding in the last little while", she said. We'd all wish it to be different. "We have over 1.3 million appointments booked".

Henry said while B.C. will be in a different position by the end of the summer, not enough people are protected by vaccines right now and public health orders must be followed. The current five-day test positivity rate is 5.1 per cent provincially and 4.3 per cent in Winnipeg.

Those aged 55 to 65 and living in the Lower Mainland also have the option of booking at pharmacies to get an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as part of a parallel program.

On April 3 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic reached B.C.in January 2020, the province recorded consecutive daily case counts of more than 1,000 each with 1,018 on April 2 and 1,072 on April 3.

He said he would discuss the new measures "tomorrow" but reiterated he very much regretted shutting down restaurants. "That fact has never been clearer".

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