Atlantic premiers consider reallocating COVID resources to Ontario, Report

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Atlantic premiers say they are considering what resources can be shifted to Ontario as the province deals with a severe third wave of COVID-19.

Three out of four provincial leaders spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday evening to discuss what help can be offered.

Ontario reported 4,362 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 34 new deaths, marking a third-wave high and bringing the provincial death toll to 7,698.

There are 2,065 Ontarians hospitalized with the virus.

Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin tweeted on Sunday that he spoke to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, after Ford’s plea to reroute vaccines from Atlantic Canada.

In a provincial briefing on Friday, Rankin said giving up vaccines is not an option for Nova Scotia. But, in Sunday’s tweet, he said other aid could be available.

“While Nova Scotia isn’t in a position to reallocate vaccines, I have asked our officials to consider what resources we are able to provide while continuing to keep Nova Scotians safe,” said Rankin in the tweet.

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