April 17th, 2021

Doctors group says changing rules causes confusion as COVID-19 variants surge


By The Canadian Press on April 8, 2021.

A field hospital in the parking lot of Sunnybrook Hospital is seen in Toronto on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. As Ontario brings back stay-at-home orders to deal with surging cases of COVID-19, the Canadian Medical Association says continually changing rules have contributed to confusion and relaxed adherence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

As Ontario brings back stay-at-home orders to deal with surging cases of COVID-19, the Canadian Medical Association says continually changing rules have contributed to confusion and relaxed adherence.

The national advocacy group representing Canada’s doctors says constant changes to restrictions have left people frustrated and are detrimental to its purpose.

Dr. Ann Collins, the group’s president, says it’s time to address the more infectious and deadly variants “with the same aggressiveness they are displaying.”

Ontario reported 3,295 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 19 more deaths as the new restrictions took effect today.

To deal with the spread of variants of concern, the province declared its third state of emergency since the start of the pandemic.

Quebec is also reporting another spike in cases and hospitalizations linked to COVID-19, with 1,609 new infections and an additional 16 people in hospital.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

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