Sask. doctor calls for lockdown as COVID-19 begins pushing ICUs to the limit – CBC

‘If we choose not to do anything, it’s just going to cost us in terms of lives,’ says Dr. Alex Wong

Sep 20, 2021

A Saskatchewan doctor is ringing the alarm bells and calling on the provincial government to implement stricter COVID-19 restrictions in order to help preserve capacity in the province’s intensive care units.

Dr. Alex Wong, an infectious diseases doctor at Regina General Hospital, says the current state of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan is, in a word, “bad.”

“We’re on the exact same trajectory as Alberta, you know, and we have less restrictions than Alberta, and our critical care capacity is obviously already maxed out,” Wong said.

“We don’t expect anything is going to change dramatically over the next … two or three weeks unless there are very significant measures put in place.”

That means going further than the restrictions announced by the province last week, which included bringing back a mandatory mask mandate and introducing a proof-of-vaccination policy.

Wong says it may require Saskatchewan to implement a lockdown.

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