Quebec, which is battling the highest level of infection in Canada, announced Tuesday that health workers in the province who have tested positive for coronavirus will continue to work under certain circumstances. .
Christian Dubé, Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services, said at a news conference that all essential workers in the province, including those working in the health sector, will be required to comply. under the new regulations. He said that workers who test positive will continue to work “under a priority list and manage risks.” He did not provide details but said more information would be announced in the coming days.
In previous rounds, Mr. Dubé said, the goal was to “identify and remove at-risk employees as quickly as possible.” But given the highly contagious nature of the Omicron variant, and so many people infected and out of work, he said, “we have to do it differently. We have no other choice.”
The average number of new cases per day in Quebec has increased by 376 percent over the past two weeks, and the seven-day average of new daily cases in the province is more than 8,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That number accounts for more than half of Canada’s new daily cases on average.
The Stress on health care workers Around the world have been building since the start of the pandemic, and experts have warned that they are nearing tipping points. In October, the World Health Organization estimates that more than 100,000 healthcare workers have died from Covid and urged countries to do more to protect them.