Coronavirus has made health-care shortfalls ‘obvious’ to Canadians: poll

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(Saba Aziz/ — As the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations soar across Canada, a new poll shows that a majority of Canadians want a boost in the health-care system and innovation.

A survey of 1,150 Canadians conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), found that 88 per cent said there need to be more beds, personal protective equipment (PPE), medical staff, hospitals and clinics, to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 93 per cent of those aged 55 and above agreed.

“Canadians realize that our health-care system is constantly on the verge of being overwhelmed, and want there to be more capacity to deal with large volumes of patients,” Miguel Ouellette, director of operations and economist at the MEI, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Canada has seen a surge in daily infections, adding more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases for a third straight day on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the spike “very concerning”, with winter expected to bring “real challenges”, he said. (…)

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