Canada is seeing a decrease of protests in the capital city as police enforcement rises. Steve Bell, Ottawa interim police chief, said in a news conference Sunday that 191 protesters had been arrested and 107 people charged. Charges included obstructing police, disobeying a court order, assault, mischief, possessing a weapon and assaulting a police officer. Some of those arrests included protesters who allegedly had smoke grenades and fireworks, and were wearing body armour, police said.
Ontario’s Special Investigation Unit is also reviewing an incident where a woman was reportedly seriously injured after an interaction with a police officer on a horse, and a second where an officer discharged a less-than-lethal firearm at protesters.
Despite having the streets with less and less protesters, Justin Trudeau still considers the situation “fragile” and defended appealing the Emergencies Act.
As of Friday, all youth between 12 to 17 years old who got their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible to receive their third shot. The local hockey team plans to host mobile vaccination clinics before games on March 20 and March 27.
After new public health measures were lifted on Monday more people are a;pwed to visit residents of long-term care homes. Patients were only allowed to receive visits from designated caregivers and that number has been increased by the provincial government to four people.
The decision to lift the state of emergency was done in consultation with Dr. Nicola Mercer, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s medical officer of health, and the city’s emergency operations control group.
Of the new hospitalizations reported, 319 people are in intensive care units. Nearly 80 per cent were admitted to intensive care specifically for the virus, while the rest were admitted for other reasons and tested positive.