I am pleased to say that our provincial war against the pandemic is inching toward some degree of victory. It may not be a rout, and there may be skirmishes to come, but I think we will appreciate the result well enough.
As I write this on Tuesday, Ontario has experienced fewer than 1000 new cases for more than a week, which is remarkable progress after a high of more than 4000 cases per day for more than 2 weeks in April. And . . . I just now had an update flash onto the screen that we were down to 469 new cases, the lowest count since September 26.
More than 9 million people have received their first dose while another 1 million have had 2 jabs. With more than 60% having been jabbed, the province is moving into phase 1 of the recovery a few days earlier than scheduled.
It is not just Ontario, but the whole country is getting there. Somewhat surprising, given our pedestrian start, Canada now has a higher percentage of first jabs (63%) than any other country except Malta and Bhutan. We are slightly ahead of early leaders, UK and Israel.
While we are still well behind in second doses, that is also changing. Sue and I have been able to secure appointments for next week, about a month and a half earlier than originally scheduled.
Kids over 12 are getting in on the action. As of Monday, Danica (14) and Jonathan (12), have their first jabs.
With cases down, shots up, second shots coming quicker than expected, and recovery timetable moved slightly forward, we are feeling more positive.
Patio dining will open on the weekend, which has Sue and me looking forward to breakfast by the river sooner than later, but it won't be this weekend.