Canadian capital of Ottawa declares state of emergency as waters swell

Marje Pelayo   •   April 26, 2019   •   1922

Courtesy : Reuters

(REUTERS) Rising waters were prompting further evacuations in central Canada on Thursday (April 25), with the mayor of the country’s capital, Ottawa, declaring a state of emergency and Quebec authorities warning that a hydroelectric dam was at risk of breaking.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited flood victims in Gatineau, Quebec, saying communities have to “reflect that with climate change we are going to see more and more of these extreme weather events more regularly”.

“Once again we’re here noticing and noting how the floods across the country are a challenge here in Quebec and elsewhere. We need to make sure that we’re continuing to work well. All orders of government — municipal, provincial and federal, as we are — to ensure that we’re keeping people safe and supporting them through these difficult moments,” Trudeau said.

“But at the same time we also have to reflect that with climate change we are going to see more and more of these extreme weather events more regularly. It means we have to think about adaptation, mitigation and how we’re going to move forward together,” he added.

Spring flooding had killed one person and forced more than 900 people from their homes in Canada’s Quebec province as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, according to a government website.

Japan declares state of emergency for Tokyo as COVID-19 cases spike

Marje Pelayo   •   January 8, 2021

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for the nation’s capital Tokyo and neighboring prefecture amid the new surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections.

Speaking before the press on Thursday (January 7), Prime Minister Suga said the declaration sends public warning amid rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases which is already hurting its economy.

Effective Friday (January 8), the state of emergency ends on February 7.

Test restrictions entails no punishment for violators but residents will simply be asked to avoid non-essential activities especially at night.

The Prime Minister appealed to the Japanese public especially to the young Japanese to help protect lives especially the most vulnerable particularly parents and grandparents.

He expects that situation will improve after one month.

As of this writing, Japan has a total of 269, 271 positive cases and 3,674 deaths as per latest global tally from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, shipment to arrive soon

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pleased to announce on Thursday (December 9) that the country’s Ministry of Health already approved the purchase and use of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.

In a series of tweets, the Canadian Prime Minister said they are expecting 30,000 doses of the vaccine on Monday (December 14) to arrive at 14 points of shipment across Canada.

Before the end of the year, Canada is set to receive up to 249,000 doses more.

Health Minister Patty Hadju commended the efforts of Canadian health experts in making the procurement of the vaccines possible.

Despite the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Trudeau reminded Canadians not to let their guards down and observe public health guidelines to curb transmissions.

He encouraged Canadians to stay updated by downloading the government’s #COVID-19Alert app for latest news.

Tokyo could declare new emergency if coronavirus worsens

UNTV News   •   July 31, 2020

Tokyo could declare a state of emergency if the coronavirus situation in the Japanese capital deteriorates further, its governor warned on Friday (July 31).

Yuriko Koike said Tokyo had confirmed 463 new cases on Friday – another single-day record – and implored residents to follow health guidelines to contain the spread of the virus.

“If the situation worsens, Tokyo would have to think about issuing its own state of emergency,” Koike told a news conference.

The Japanese government lifted the nationwide state of emergency in late May after Japan appeared to have contained the outbreak, touting its mask-wearing habits and health system as some of the factors that helped it fare better than Europe and the United States.

But the virus has made a worrying resurgence. The number of daily new cases in Japan hit a new record on Thursday (July 30), with infections spreading rapidly not only in Tokyo but also in other regions. (Reuters)

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