The Public Health of Montreal has expressed concern to its “Ministry of Health and Social Services” over the lack of control over the Ontario border.
Suggested by Montreal Public Health Email Tap, “The file is currently in the hands of the Quebec government and its Canadian rivals.”
Regional Director of Public Health of Montreal, dBack Mylan Drouin also spoke about this in an interview with LCN on Tuesday.
“I’m not saying we should close the border completely, but we need to check with Ontario,” D saidBack Droin, on Tuesday, indicated that he was particularly concerned about the Brazilian variant.
Between Quebec and Ontario (between Quebec and British Columbia), we entered and departed without the need for interprovincial blockade or testing, DBack Droin.
Currently, unlike what happened in the spring of 2020, there are still no roadblocks on the interprovincial bridges connecting Gatino and Ottawa, and in the short term, there are no indications that they may be there or elsewhere.
At this time, we do not plan to close any roadblocks or our interprovincial boundaries.
Emily Pocket, Press Secretary in the Cabinet of Public Security Minister Genevieve Gilbolt
This week is a spring break in Ontario, where the situation seems out of control and the epidemic is showing no signs of closing.
Epidemiologist Jean-Paul Sousi said sorry “we really do a lot to prevent international travel”, but we have big blind spots elsewhere. In his opinion, the circulation of the Brazilian variant could be slowed down or prevented in the country “if reinforcement quarantine measures were put in place and strengthened at the border”.
Note that last spring and this year, New Brunswick closed its borders.
Several daily flights arrive at Trudeau Airport, Toronto, as well as Vancouver.
Whistler, the Canadian center of the Brazilian variant
In British Columbia, 900 cases of the Brazilian variant were reported, about a quarter of which were from the famous ski resort Whistler. The site has become home to the largest spread of the Brazilian variant in the world outside Brazil, which has been widely reported in foreign media.
Depending on the situation, all the adult residents in Whistler, as well as those who work there, are appealing to go for vaccination as part of a massive attack deployed as a matter of urgency.
The ski resort closed in early April and British Columbian authorities are discouraging anyone from traveling to Whistler.
Many experts have been parallel to this outbreak and in recent days at another well-known ski resort in Ischgl, Austria, which delayed the implementation of arrests and traffic restrictions until March 2020.
In September, Austrian courts announced that they had launched an investigation into the outbreak. Tyrolean officials have criticized the station, which is frequented by tourists from all over Europe, for not closing early.
Iceland and Norway predict that their first patient will be infected in Ischgl, which is best known for its bucolic setting for its festive atmosphere.