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Scott Moe says 80 per cent of Regina’s active COVID-19 cases are people under 50

Saskatchewan’s premier says people under the age of 50 make up the majority of active COVID-19 cases in the Regina area which is battling a spread of more infectious virus strains.Scott Moe told a radio talk show that 80 per cent of the city’s more than 700 active infections are in the under-50 age group.“It is people my age and younger. We just need to be especially diligent,” Moe, 47, told the host Wednesday.Health officials have said the variant known as B.1.1.7 and first detected in the United Kingdom is likely to have taken over from the original novel coronavirus, and is up to 70 per cent more transmissible. Story continues below advertisement Of Saskatchewan’s 954 variant cases, 824 have been found in and around the capital.The Regina area has had about 100 new cases daily reported ...

Ryan Meili calls on Scott Moe to implement a COVID-19 circuit-breaker in Regina

The Saskatchewan NDP is urging Premier Scott Moe to implement a short-term circuit-breaker in Regina to get COVID-19 numbers down.Regina is currently the hot spot in the province for COVID-19 numbers, with 726 of the 1,476 active cases on Monday.The city also has the highest number of confirmed variant cases in Saskatchewan — 141 out of 156 cases. Regina also has 640 out of the 748 presumptive variant of concern cases in the province.NDP Leader Ryan Meili said the lack of action by Moe’s government has led to the current situation.“We are in the absurd position where bars and restaurants are open while schools close because school divisions have been forced to act as the government sits on its hands,” Meili said in a statement Tuesday. Story continues below advertisement Last Friday, both ...

Reflections on the past year of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan

It was a day in Saskatchewan that everyone knew was inevitable, but hoped would never come.On March 12, 2020, the province announced its first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Premier Scott Moe called the past year “difficult.”“A year ago, we didn’t know a whole lot about this virus,” Moe said during a briefing on March 9.“The only thing we really knew for sure was that things were going to get worse in the weeks ahead.”Global News contacted the premier’s office several times requesting an interview for this story, but we were referred to his March 9 press conference. Story continues below advertisement 2:14Saskatchewan Premier Moe reflects on one-year with COVID-19, asks residents to ‘take the shot’ Saskatchewan Premier Moe reflects on one-year with COVID-19, ...

Sask. NDP accuses former health minister of lying about COVID-19 plan

The Saskatchewan NDP is accusing then Health Minister Jim Reiter of lying about the government’s level of preparedness at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.Opposition health critic Vicki Mowat spoke to reporters on Thursday and said the NDP asked Reiter about his plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic on March 10, 2020.“He said that he had a plan and accused us of fear-mongering. He released his plan the next day — one year ago today — to show how prepared he was. But the documents we’ve received show that was all a lie,” Mowat said.The documents obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, also reveal an email from a communications staff member writing that they were “totally pulling these out of the air,” as a test script in response to a media inquiry about the COVID-19 pand...

Saskatchewan confident easing COVID-19 restrictions in Regina, despite variant spike

The Saskatchewan government says it remains confident regarding relaxing restrictions in Regina, despite 28 of the 35 COVID-19 variant cases announced Tuesday coming in the Regina zone.Although Regina has the highest number of variant cases in the province, the overall number of COVID-19 cases is declining.“Regina’s numbers have continued to decrease over the course of the last couple of months,” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said.“Maybe not quite at the same rate as we’ve seen in other areas of the province itself, for instance, but overall, they are down from where they were a month and two months ago.”Starting Tuesday, individual households can create a bubble to a maximum of 10 individuals in a home at any one time. Story continues below advertisement Officials said the household bubb...

Saskatchewan easing restrictions on household gatherings

The Saskatchewan government is easing some of its public health measures brought in to slow the spread of COVID-19.The ban on household gatherings is being lifted immediately.Starting Tuesday, individual households can create a bubble to a maximum of 10 individuals in a home at any one time.Officials said the household bubble must remain consistent and must be contained to the same individuals.Saskatchewan banned household gatherings on Dec. 17, 2020, except in limited circumstances.The province is also easing the restrictions on worship services. Story continues below advertisement Starting March 19, places of worship are allowed up to 30 per cent of capacity or 150 people, whichever is lesser. Trending Stories All masking protocols remain in place, however, clergy may remove their mask w...

Saskatchewan premier hints at easing some COVID-19 restrictions early

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe hinted at easing some of the current public health measures that are in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.The current measures, including a restriction on household gatherings, are set to expire on March 19.Moe said he has had discussions with Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province’s chief medical health officer, who wants to see new cases and hospitalizations stabilize for a few more days.“If that occurs, we should have more to say about household restrictions, possibly by early next week,” Moe said.“I’m asking everyone in the province to hang tight for just a few more days.” Story continues below advertisement Shahab said there are metrics he is watching as he works toward his decision.The first is the continued downward trend in daily case numbers.“Case numbers...

Donna Harpauer hints Saskatchewan won’t eliminate deficit by 2024

Saskatchewan’s finance minister says it’s going to be tough to eliminate the province’s deficit by 2024 and the government is likely to pick a new goal.Donna Harpauer says the province’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is going slower than hoped.During last fall’s provincial election, Premier Scott Moe campaigned on a promise to eliminate Saskatchewan’s $2-billion deficit by 2024.He also promised it wouldn’t happen through increasing taxes or slashing services.Harpauer says the Saskatchewan Party government believes in having a plan for eliminating the deficit, but it won’t make irresponsible cuts to meet its goal. Story continues below advertisement She says with a slower economic recovery, it’s going to be “very, very difficult” to get back to balance by 2024.Harpauer says m...

Saskatchewan government commits $15M to pandemic research at VIDO

The Saskatchewan government is committing $15 million to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in Saskatoon to support further pandemic research.Premier Scott Moe said the COVID-19 pandemic shows why Canada needs to be a leader in the research, development and production of vaccines.“The place that should happen is right here in Saskatchewan, at VIDO-InterVac in Saskatoon,” Moe said Tuesday in a statement.“VIDO has made world-first breakthroughs and achieved significant momentum in vaccine and disease research, most recently with COVID-19 vaccine development, and this new facility will strengthen their position as Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research.”However, Moe said provincial funding is contingent on the federal government committing funds to the project. Story continues bel...

Sask. NDP calls for more clarity from province on plan for COVID-19 variants

Saskatchewan’s official Opposition is calling for more clarity from the government on what is being done to protect people from a possible spike in COVID-19 cases.NDP health critic Vicki Mowat said variants are raising the fear of a possible third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the province.“The stakes are high. A third wave could overwhelm our already stretched and stressed health-care system,” Mowat said Friday in a statement.She said Premier Scott Moe and Health Minister Paul Merriman failed to act during the second wave and families “paid the price.”“While other provinces saw steep reductions in case counts and death rates, Saskatchewan led the nation. That can’t happen again,” Mowat said. Story continues below advertisement “The premier needs to lay out a clear plan that Saskatch...

Uncertainty surrounds start date of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 mass vaccination plan

As Saskatchewan continues with Phase 1 of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, uncertainty remains on when mass immunization of the general public will start.The rollout of Phase 2 for the general public is tentatively scheduled to start in April, but the province has cautioned it will depend on vaccine supplies.“We are ready to go. We are ready to ramp up very quickly in Saskatchewan,” Premier Scott Moe said Tuesday during a briefing.“Vaccines are working — we just need more of them.”According to the federal government, Saskatchewan is forecast to receive 15,210 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine during the week of Feb. 22 and 53,820 doses during the first four weeks of March. The province is also scheduled to receive 4,500 Moderna vaccines the week of Feb. 22. Story continues below advertise...

Phase 1 of Saskatchewan’s coronavirus vaccine plan adds more health-care workers

The Saskatchewan government is adjusting priority sequencing previously established for Phase 1 of its COVID-19 vaccine delivery plan.Premier Scott Moe announced on Tuesday that, after a review of the plan, additional categories of health-care workers would be added.“These include anyone that is directly involved in delivering COVID-19 immunizations in Phase 1 and throughout into Phase 2,” he said.“This would include physicians, pharmacists and other Saskatchewan Health Authority health-care providers that are directly involved in delivering these immunizations — our immunization teams, if you will. Also included in Phase 1 will be anaesthetists and other operating room staff, home care providers.“If there’s pharmacists or physicians that are choosing not to be part of the vaccination team...

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