I have already reported that thousands of young people flouted the rules on Saturday 23 May, in Toronto. It has been suggested that the lockdown had flustered these young people. The lockdown has been difficult for all of us, but despite the gradual relaxation of confinement measures, the coronavirus remains and the young people had to obey regulations. Transmission of the novel coronavirus is rapid and, in too many cases, deadly. I hope the students will now join or cheer the people fighting Covid-19.
The pandemic in Canada is making more victims. Quebec still leads and Premier Legault has asked the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, to deploy the military. It is not altogether normal for the Military to work in long-term care facilities. Their role had to be defined.
Quebec is currently recruiting a large number of orderlies who will receive a decent salary. Their training will be condensed, the need being enormous and urgent. The province is hiring a small army of health care workers.
As you know, their syndicate negotiated for medical doctors, fees up to 2,500$ (1,635.25 Euros) per day, which the government cannot afford. Day-care is also very inexpensive in Quebec, and tuition fees are the lowest in Canada. Combined, such programmes may not be sustainable.
There are Covid-19 cases in the education system. Schools were reopened outside Montreal, but no parent should allow his or her child to attend school. It means hiring help, but help may not be too expensive. There’s no point. One infection multiplies into several infections. Although lockdowns are a form of paralysis, they may be required if citizens do not see that precautions are the freedom they possess. We need certain services and, although the governments are generous, people want to return to work.
Our Prime Minister does not want to offend others, but Canada should not open its border to the United States. Both the United States and Canada need to protect their citizens. A New Brunswick doctor travelled to Quebec and returned to New Brunswick without respecting the 14-day quarantine. He or she had to be suspended. That doctor is a possible and probable source of infection. One does not travel to Quebec, especially Montreal. It’s not safe.
One cannot say that the pandemic has benefits, but Covid-19 has exposed flaws in the system and monsieur Legault spoke to the press in both French and English. Both Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Quebec Premier called in the military. I don’t know how Ontario doctors responded, but, to my knowledge, Quebec could not recruit the medical doctors it needed. I realize that there were risks. Yet, circumstances were and remain dire.
The world is being tested, but if we work together, all will be normal and, perhaps, better than it has been.
The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 2:35 p.m. ET on May 30, 2020:
There are 90,161 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada.
- Quebec: 50,651 confirmed (including 4,439 deaths, 16,070 resolved)
- Ontario: 27,533 confirmed (including 2,247 deaths, 21,353 resolved)
- Alberta: 6,979 confirmed (including 143 deaths, 6,218 resolved)
- British Columbia: 2,562 confirmed (including 164 deaths, 2,170 resolved)
- Nova Scotia: 1,056 confirmed (including 60 deaths, 978 resolved)
- Saskatchewan: 641 confirmed (including 10 deaths, 570 resolved)
- Manitoba: 283 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 278 resolved), 11 presumptive
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 255 resolved)
- New Brunswick: 128 confirmed (including 120 resolved)
- Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (including 27 resolved)
- Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
- Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved)
- Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
- Nunavut: No confirmed cases
- Total: 90,161 (11 presumptive, 90,150 confirmed including 7,073 deaths, 48,068 resolved)
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 30, 2020.
The Canadian Press
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© Micheline Walker
30 May 2020