As New Brunswick prepare to lift all health restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic as early as Friday evening, experts warn that this fall will face a new wave of infection due to the highly contagious delta variant. .
Dr. Allison McGuire, an infectious disease specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said he understood Premier Blaine Higgs’ decision to reduce health restrictions, including wearing a mask, as there were fewer active cases in New Brunswick.
However, Dr. McGuire warns the public that it is clear that the Delta variant is on the rise in British Columbia, Alberta and, in fact, across the United States. In fact, the American Center for Infectious Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people who have already been adequately vaccinated begin to wear masks in indoor public places, where the big spread is.
For example, Dr. McGuire said citizens were fully aware that he had no problem easing sanctions in Atlantic Canada and that masks and other basic measures needed to be re-imposed. In the autumn.
Another expert in infection prevention, epidemiologist Colin Furnace, said he supported New Brunswick’s plan to scrap much of its health measures, but warned that the strategy would fail if the government did not manage. At least wearing a mask in indoor open spaces is not mandatory.
After Professor Colin Furnace at the University of Toronto began to share the same air again in the closed spaces of New Brunswickers without masks, we certainly see the beginning of the fourth wave dominated by the Delta variant.
Vaccination rate: 66%
During the lifting of health measures in New Brunswick, the vaccination rate in the province to achieve minimum community immunity was generally lower than the target of 75%.
As of Thursday, the province said only 66% of the eligible population had been given adequate immunity. However, 81.9% of the population aged 12 and over also received at least one dose.
In addition, public health reported four new infections, bringing the number of active COVID-19 cases to 12.
Three new cases are in the Bathurst area and are thought to be related to travel. The fourth case is in the Saint-Jean area and is believed to be linked to an already known case.
Prince Edward Island
On neighboring Prince Edward Island, it is reported that more than half of the eligible population aged 12 and over are now vaccinated.
The rate of citizens receiving two doses was 53.6%, with approximately 75,300 vaccinated.
The province has set a target of achieving an 80% complete vaccination rate for those 12 and older. Already 88% of the population has already received a dose.
Even in Atlantic Nova Scotia, only one new case of Kovid-19 was reported on Thursday. The victim is in the Central Health Zone, which includes Halifax. This case is connected to the trip.
This new infection brings the number of active cases to ten, but there are no hospitals for COVID-19.
The latest data provide that 75.9 Nova Scotians have received at least one dose of the vaccine and that 61.3% of the population has acquired adequate immunity.