Manitoba’s lax public well being insurance policies in charge for third COVID-19 wave: Winnipeg mayor

2021-05-23 20:45:30

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 might have gone and they need to have gone so much additional,” Mayor Brian Bowman stated, talking throughout an episode of The West Block.

In response to Bowman, the explanation behind Manitoba’s COVID-19 disaster has “been clear for a lot of weeks.”

“The measures which have been put in place simply merely haven’t gone far sufficient to have an effect on the outcomes that all of us need,” he stated, including that the province’s premier had lately introduced in new measures that also allowed non-essential companies to stay open.

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In a sequence of tweets on Saturday, International Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne stated 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 assist 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 important care nurses, 20 respiratory therapists and 50 contact tracers from Statistics Canada, and even requested for army assist.

Bowman added that “all choices,” akin to 24-hour drive-thru vaccine clinics, are being thought-about, however stated finally it’s the premier who must do extra when it comes to assist and sources.

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Manitoba grapples with COVID-19 surge, asks Ottawa for assist

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Pallister has additionally issued a “name to arms,” urging the USA authorities to ship additional COVID-19 doses to the province to assist it attain 100,000 Manitobans vaccinated inside 10 days.

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Nevertheless, Bowman stated Winnipeg’s scenario was “fairly dire,” requiring extra than simply vaccines.

“The problem proper now could be our ICU docs and nurses are telling us that they’re at capability,” he stated.

Bowman stated the check positivity fee in Manitoba was at an “all-time excessive” of 16.1 per cent. The province’s healthcare system is so overwhelmed that he stated the provincial authorities has needed to fly ICU sufferers to Ontario.

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“While you begin transport sufferers to different provinces since you merely don’t have the human sources, you’re previous that important section,” he stated.

“[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 circumstances of COVID-19 and 6 extra deaths on Saturday after shattering provincial each day case counts on Thursday at 603. To this point, 47,977 Manitoba residents have fallen ailing whereas 1,028 have died.

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“All of our sources are being stretched,” provincial chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa stated in a earlier interview, including that each one incoming well being care staff can be instantly deployed to a few hospitals in Winnipeg which have intensive care items.

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