- According to Dr. Brent Roussin, the past two years have been difficult for everyone, regardless of whether Manitobans agreed with the restrictions or handled the pandemic.
Dr. Brent Roussin stated the past two years have been difficult for everyone, regardless of whether Manitobans agreed with the restrictions as well as handling of the pandemic.
The chief provincial public health officer reflected on the previous two years and discussed the province’s plans.
“It’s hard to express how difficult the last two years have been for Manitobans,” Roussin said.
He said people have had to deal with loss on many levels, including the death of a loved one, the loss of opportunities to celebrate happy occasions, and the loss of businesses.
“Many Manitobans’ mental health has been harmed due to the pandemic and the necessary restrictions.”
Despite the pandemic’s impact on Manitoba, Roussin stated Manitobans stepped up to help limit COVID-19’s impact as much as possible by following health orders and getting immunized when required.
He said it’s now a ‘transitional period,’ noting that health orders have been phased out in favor of health recommendations, and Manitoba is now green on the Pandemic Response System.
He went on to say that now is a time for healing and acknowledging that everyone struggled during the pandemic, regardless of how they felt about it.
“During the pandemic, we may not have agreed on the best approach to public health and other measures. We might not all agree on when the restrictions will be eased. However, I am confident that we can all agree that all Manitobans have faced tremendous challenges as well as difficulties over the last two years.”
Despite the loosening of restrictions and life returning to a more pre-pandemic normal, Roussin stated health officials in Manitoba would continue to monitor COVID-19.
“The virus hasn’t given up on us yet. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 on a national, provincial, and international level, focusing on the key indicators that we have identified. This is the last official COVID-19 briefing, but I can assure Manitobans that our efforts to combat the virus will continue.”
Source: CTV News
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