Winnipeg’s mayor blamed the provincial authorities’s “reactionary” public well being insurance policies for Manitoba’s devastating third wave of COVID-19 on Saturday.
“The provincial authorities has been taking measures to guard us, however they may have gone and they need to have gone quite a bit additional,” Mayor Brian Bowman mentioned, talking throughout an episode of The West Block.
Based on Bowman, the explanation behind Manitoba’s COVID-19 disaster has “been clear for a lot of weeks.”
“The measures which were put in place simply merely haven’t gone far sufficient to have an effect on the outcomes that all of us need,” he mentioned, including that the province’s premier had not too long ago introduced in new measures that also allowed non-essential companies to stay open.
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In a collection of tweets on Saturday, Overseas Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne mentioned the federal authorities had responded to a request from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister for help, and was sending 50 extra contact tracers to the province.
“We’re at all times able to help our provincial and territorial companions. We’re on this collectively,” he tweeted.
The transfer comes one week after Bowman spoke with each Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premier, requesting as much as 50 essential care nurses, 20 respiratory therapists and 50 contact tracers from Statistics Canada, and even requested for army help.
Bowman added that “all choices,” equivalent to 24-hour drive-thru vaccine clinics, are being thought of, however mentioned in the end it’s the premier who must do extra by way of help and sources.
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Pallister has additionally issued a “name to arms,” urging the US authorities to ship further COVID-19 doses to the province to assist it attain 100,000 Manitobans vaccinated inside 10 days.
Nevertheless, Bowman mentioned Winnipeg’s scenario was “fairly dire,” requiring extra than simply vaccines.
“The problem proper now could be our ICU medical doctors and nurses are telling us that they’re at capability,” he mentioned.
Bowman mentioned the check positivity price in Manitoba was at an “all-time excessive” of 16.1 per cent. The province’s healthcare system is so overwhelmed that he mentioned the provincial authorities has needed to fly ICU sufferers to Ontario.
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“Whenever you begin delivery sufferers to different provinces since you merely don’t have the human sources, you’re previous that essential section,” he mentioned.
“[There is] an actual concern about what’s in retailer for our sufferers within the coming weeks and in addition to the stress and pressure that it’s placing on these within the well being care sector.”
Manitoba reported 476 extra instances of COVID-19 and 6 extra deaths on Saturday after shattering provincial day by day case counts on Thursday at 603. To this point, 47,977 Manitoba residents have fallen unwell whereas 1,028 have died.
“All of our sources are being stretched,” provincial chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa mentioned in a earlier interview, including that every one incoming well being care employees could be instantly deployed to a few hospitals in Winnipeg which have intensive care models.
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