Ontario Premier Doug Ford advised Ontarians on Sunday to “wear a mask whenever possible.”
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“Wear a mask as much as possible […] Get vaccinated if you haven’t already [votre dose de rappel], and get your flu shot. These are the recommendations I have,” Mr. Ford said during a press briefing in Etobicoke on the extension of the provincial gas tax cut.
The province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Kieran Moore, is expected to announce Monday morning that he is recommending but not making it mandatory, according to several local media.
As children’s hospitals in the province deal with a significant number of patients and an increase in respiratory illnesses, there is a shortage of painkillers for children, needless to say.
In Quebec, the Ministry of Health is concerned
There is no indication at this time that Quebec will be inspired by this recommendation, but the health minister’s office has expressed great concern about the spread of multiple viruses and the number of patients in the emergency room.
“We know the situation is difficult in our emergency right now. It is important to mention that besides COVID-19, the increase in cases of influenza and other respiratory viruses among children is of great concern to us,” QMI told the agency via email.
The ministry clarified that it was following the “situation very closely with public health” and “will be able to take stock soon”.
“It’s important to protect yourself and others when you have symptoms of COVID-19, but also from other viruses,” he recalled.