On Monday, Quebec ordered bars, gyms and casinos to close and directed people to work only from home to fight the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Health minister Christian Dube said the province had a record 4,500 new cases of the coronavirus a day and predicted worse was yet to come. He also urged Quebecers to cut down their personal contacts over Christmas and New Year’s Day.
“The situation is critical…right now we are waging a war against the virus,” Dube told a virtual briefing, saying the healthcare system was fragile. “We will have new projections from our specialists this evening and let’s be honest, they probably won’t be encouraging. I know this is hard on morale but now is not the time to become discouraged.”
Justin Trudeau on Friday said a spike in cases of the Omicron variant was “scary,” while Theresa Tam warned the healthcare system could soon be swamped.
Dube said most schools would shut down immediately until January 10th while restaurants would open only from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and all sporting events would be played without spectators.
You would not be incorrect in thinking to yourself, “haven’t I seen this before”? Our governments are simply using tried and failed measures to fight the spread of COVID-19, knowing that they are not going to stop the rise in cases. Meanwhile, our neighbours in the United States (including Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas) continue to live life normally, attend NFL games with thousands of unmasked supporters and have Christmas celebrations with their families – all while remaining perfectly healthy and in a state of freedom (oh, and their vaccination rates are much lower than ours in Canada).
The bottom line is simple: when are Canadians going to get a grip, rip off the blinders and realize that the over-kill measures implemented to tackle this virus are a complete joke?
(Photo credit: The Canadian Press/Jacques Boissinot)