Ontario is looking forward to an order of masks, part of which should be delivered soon.
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The reserves of equipment of individual protection Ontario health care workers will last a week if the province does not receive new deliveries, according to the prime minister and Doug Ford.
In a statement, Mr. Ford said that the delays in the shipments of global and recent restrictions to the u. s. border have put a strain on the stocks of the province.
The reserves of all types of masks, gowns and visors are very low.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, the premier explained that there were two orders of almost 4 million masks, which were blocked at the u. s.-canada border. Of this number, more than 500 000 will be delivered, which would give a respite of a week of more in the province.
These N95 masks from 3M and any of its subsidiaries that performs the distribution.
Mr. Ford added that discussions are continuing with the us authorities to obtain an exemption to the prohibition of the export of essential medical supplies imposed last week by the administration to Trump. It is crucial that Canada be exempted from the ban, insisted the prime minister.
For its part, 3M Canada company asserts that the safety of health care workers and first responders during this crisis is important for her.
We are currently reviewing the details of this memorandum executive [ american ], and seek all ways possible to meet the domestic needs of Canada, she said, in a written statement.
The premier, Doug Ford.
Photo : The canadian Press / Frank Gunn
Doug Ford added that, if some of the manufacturers based in Ontario have begun to focus on the essential supplies, they are still weeks from being delivered to health workers.
He says he has also contacted the prime minister, François Legault, to see if Quebec could help the province of Ontario.
The prime minister noted that Easter is approaching. He has invited Ontarians to honour their traditions while remaining at home. The speed at which the virus spreads depends on each of us.