In Ontario, the Third Wave has been announced, with many saying that it will be worse than the previous two waves. Some believe that such announcements might follow in other provinces. The driving concern behind the latest wave is the relaxation of restrictions in many areas, as Canadians become exhausted from the lockdown and governments worry about the economic impact.
It is important to remember that no matter what the government mandates for a lockdown, every Canadian has the power to affect how severe the Third Wave will be - the choice to social distance and keep up proper mask etiquette. The news of a vaccine rollout is a positive one to be sure, but it is a long road. It is in the hands of regular Canadians to determine how severe the Third Wave is.
As of March 28th, 2021, there have been 961,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada. This includes 42,025 active cases and 896,206 recoveries. The rate of active cases is 110.58 per 100,000 people. Currently, the death toll in Canada stands at 22,852. Of these new cases, 4,528 were from Saturday the 27th alone.
The biggest news out of Ontario is that outdoor dining will be permitted even during the lockdown. There is word that there may be reductions in the lockdown across the province as April progresses - the biggest discussion is over allowing Ontarians to get haircuts.
Quebec has seen its largest jump in COVID-19 in a single day since February. The province has also set records for vaccinations, however, at the same time. Much of the province remains under strict curfew per lockdown restrictions.
British Columbia is also approaching highs similar to the peaks of the other waves. Still, the province is moving to make select changes to restrictions for outdoor events and religious meetings. Alberta has also seen a climbing rate, with the province seeking to reduce infections among members of a household already reporting an infection. Saskatchewan is pushing for more vaccines as it records its highest number of COVID deaths in nearly two months. In Manitoba, there is word of new highly virulent strains spreading through exposure on the transit system.
The Maritimes have reported an intense clampdown on the spread of cases as worry over the Third Wave grows. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador are maintaining their strict lockdown protocols.
Currently Canada has given over 5,000,000 vaccine doses, accounting for over 14% of the population. While vaccines are being administered as quickly as possible, the Third Wave seems to be moving faster than the vaccines are arriving. It is important for everyone to maintain social distancing, hand washing and mask wearing, to help pull through the third wave and onto the widespread use of vaccines.