Collective punishment is a form of retaliation whereby a suspected perpetrator’s family members, friends, acquaintances, sect, neighbors or entire ethnic group is targeted. The punished group may often have no direct association with the other individuals or groups, or direct control over their actions. In times of war and armed conflict, collective punishment has resulted in atrocities, and is a violation of the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions. Historically, occupying powers have used collective punishment to retaliate against and deter attacks on their forces by resistance movements (such as destroying entire towns and villages which were believed to have harboured or aided such resistance movements). – wikipedia
Ottawa, Ontario face possibility of another COVID-19 lockdown. What would it look like?
There is growing fear a lockdown in Ontario could soon be on the horizon.
“We’re staring down the barrel of another lockdown,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford during a press conference Friday.
“I will not hesitate for a second if we have to go further.”
Those words come as the province continues to set records for COVID-19 cases in a single day.
Public Health Ontario reported nearly 1,600 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday — the highest single day total yet in Ontario.
For now, the government has lowered its thresholds for new COVID-19 restrictions.
Ottawa stays in the “Orange-Restrict” zone for COVID-19 restrictions, but changes to the thresholds in the coloured-coded framework means the capital moved closer to the “Red-Control” zone, just shy of a full lockdown.
“If we continue to practice the simple messages of public health of a mask and social distancing and washing your hands than at least we have some rationale to explain why we shouldn’t be brought into a more severe category,” said Mayor Jim Watson.
And while the threat of a possible lockdown looms, what that would look like is still not clear.
“Quite honestly, I think it’s going to have to be even more restrictive than the first shutdown situation,” said Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, infectious disease specialist.
Sharkawy said that while the length of restrictions could vary by region, a uniform approach right across Ontario is required.
“I think we are fooling ourselves into believing that we can continue with this graded, targeted, surgical, piecemeal approach. It’s absolutely unrealistic. This virus is getting worse everywhere,” he said. – CTVNews
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Trudeau says holiday gatherings are on the line unless people act now
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says action needs to be taken immediately to preserve any chance Canadians will be able to gather over the holidays, “even in a restrained way,” as daily counts of new COVID-19 cases have spiked in Canada since Nov. 7.
He also said that he’s made it clear to provincial governments that Ottawa is there to “encourage them to make those difficult decisions to shut things down now so things don’t get too bad in the coming months.”
New COVID-19 case counts have risen to about 4,000 a day since Nov. 7 — and on Thursday, they were just 25 shy of hitting 5,000.
Still, in an interview Friday morning, Trudeau told Global News that, as he said in September, “we still have a shot at Christmas.” However, time is running out. – GlobalNews
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Who is at fault here? Who is not following the rules? Who is causing this spike in positive tests? Somebody? Nobody? If you can’t punish the guilty, then punish everyone.
Sadly, its the small businesses that are still hanging in and the people they employ that will suffer the most from a lockdown while big box stores and chain restaurants will benefit.