Philpott urges ‘drastic action,’ ‘patience’ as exploding coronavirus cases bring crackdowns

Philpott urges ‘drastic action,’ ‘patience’ as exploding coronavirus cases bring crackdowns

Former federal health minister Jane Philpott is urging “drastic action” as coronavirus cases explode across the country, and warning that while a vaccine may be on the horizon, Canadians must be prepared to wait as it gets rolled out to priority groups first.

In an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, Philpott said the spiking cases and the grim warnings offered by public health officials last week were a “sobering” reminder that Canadians and governments must do more to limit the spread of the virus.

“We are at the tipping point. People have to take drastic actions,” said Philpott, who is currently dean of the faculty of health sciences at Queen’s University.

“Those are hard decisions for governments to make but we’ve got to get this thing under control … I will not be one of those who pretends it’s easy for anybody who’s a policymaker in a leadership position across the country right now because they’re going to hear input from all sides.”

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Read more: Ontario puts Toronto, Peel into lockdown; curbside retail, restaurants move to takeout only

Ontario Premier Doug Ford last week announced he is moving Toronto and Peel Region into lockdown effective Monday because of the dangerous level of COVID-19 cases in the communities.

Provinces like B.C., Alberta and Manitoba are also seeing spiking cases and have implemented a range of restrictions on businesses and activities, and implemented mask-wearing rules.…

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