Manitoba will shutter colleges in two hard-hit areas and transfer college students to on-line studying, officers introduced Sunday, as a number of different provinces additionally tightened public well being measures to restrict the unfold of COVID-19.
Whereas the general variety of new instances in Canada has been declining since mid-April, COVID-19 an infection charges stay stubbornly excessive in components of Canada.
Manitoba Training Minister Cliff Cullen and chief public well being officer Dr. Brent Roussin stated kindergarten to Grade 12 lessons in Winnipeg and Brandon would shifting on-line from Wednesday till a minimum of Might 30.
In-person providers will nonetheless be obtainable to major faculty college students who’re youngsters of important staff who can’t make different preparations. Different colleges throughout the province will stay open, however with extra restrictions in place.
Roussin stated the province must take motion to handle excessive ranges of group transmission that’s spreading to colleges and placing a pressure on the province’s hospitals.
“We have to act now to interrupt these transmission chains,” he stated.
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Manitoba additionally banned in-person restaurant eating, closed church buildings and a few companies and dropped capability at retail shops to 10 per cent as of Sunday, because the province reported greater than 500 instances of COVID-19.
Alberta was additionally making ready to close restaurant patios and to shut private wellness providers akin to hair salons and tattoo parlours on Sunday evening as the ultimate group of guidelines introduced final week by Premier Jason Kenney had been to return into impact.
A whole lot of protesters gathered outdoors a central Alberta cafe Saturday to protest the well being measures, which included shifting colleges to on-line studying, limiting gatherings and forcing workplaces with COVID-19 outbreaks to shut.
The Quebec authorities will tighten measures within the Estrie area east of Montreal as of Monday, at the same time as it’s set to carry emergency lockdown measures within the better Quebec Metropolis area.
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The province’s case depend remained comparatively regular on Sunday, at underneath 1,000 on Sunday, with a fifth straight drop within the variety of hospitalizations, at the same time as emergency measures remained in place in a couple of hard-hit areas.
Canada’s chief public well being officer stated on Twitter that an infection charges stay excessive in lots of components of the nation, and urged individuals to take care of public well being measures even when they’ve been vaccinated.
“Vaccinated or not…for now we nonetheless have to take steps to exit safely,” Dr. Theresa Tam wrote. She urged individuals to restrict social interactions with individuals outdoors their households, and to fulfill individuals outside each time attainable.
Ontario, in the meantime, reported 3,216 extra individuals have been contaminated with COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours, and 47 extra individuals had died.
Nova Scotia reported 165 new instances, with 138 coming from the central zone in and round Halifax.
The province’s chief medical officer of well being urged the province’s residents to keep away from gathering for Mom’s Day, given the excessive case depend.
“Now isn’t the time to let our guard down,” Dr. Robert Strang stated in an announcement.
“Should you don’t reside along with your mother-figure, please have fun Mom’s Day just about.”
Different premiers and well being officers issued related messages, reminding individuals to observe well being guidelines to keep away from spreading COVID-19 to their family members.
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