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Officials complain fewer people getting tested for COVID?

Health officials in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada, are complaining that fewer people are volunteering to get tested for COVID after they spent millions of dollars setting up new testing facilities.

The number of people getting tested at these facilities is down 25% in some cases from the end of September.

What is equally disturbing is that health officials are increasing the number of people who can get tested at Ottawa facilities from 2,500 to 4,000 by November.

Of course, less testing ultimately means fewer people testing positive for COVID.

The CBC explains the problem this causes:

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) officials are also concerned with what the drop in testing means when it comes to interpreting the daily case counts, which have been below 100 cases a day for almost a week, dipping to 52 on Monday

The recent numbers buck the upward trend, which hit a record 142 cases on Oct. 2, and then 183 cases on Oct. 8.  

The high case counts led to the decision for Ottawa to be included among the cities forced to return to a modified version of the province’s Stage 2 lockdown. This past week reverses the surge, but public health officials warn it could be more about testing issues than a true decline.

READ: Ottawa’s COVID-19 testing task force investigating low turnout

Yeah, that’s right, how can they justify for more stringent lockdowns if the number of reported cases of COVID aren’t going up?

Many people just want to get on with their lives and are increasingly becoming fed up with the lockdowns. So, why would they get tested for COVID if those results will be used to punish them with more stringent lockdowns.

It’s a negative incentive.

RELATED: Quarantine fatigue is setting in: Apple mobility tracker shows Americans are fed up of weeks under lockdown and starting to go out more as crowds pack sunny beaches and parks

And of course, there has been a growing chorus of medical professionals calling for an end to the lockdowns because they are causing more damage than the good.

Over 41,000 medical professionals, including nearly 11,000 “Medical and Public Heath scientists,” have signed the Great Barrington Declaration calling for an end to the lockdowns.

The Declaration reads in part:

The Great Barrington Declaration – As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection. 

Coming from both the left and right, and around the world, we have devoted our careers to protecting people. Current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on short and long-term public health. The results (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, fewer cancer screenings and deteriorating mental health – leading to greater excess mortality in years to come, with the working class and younger members of society carrying the heaviest burden. Keeping students out of school is a grave injustice. 

READ: The Great Barrington Declaration

Then there were the statement made by the European Director for the World Health Organization who called for an end to lockdowns, describing them as “heavy handed,” and “draconian.” reports:

The European director of the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against using lockdowns to combat the novel coronavirus, arguing the policy is so bad for public health, it should be used only when “absolutely necessary.”

During a Thursday briefing, Hans Kluge, European director of the WHO, urged governments to enact “proportional” responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. He stressed that authorities should be cautious when it came to heavy-handed policies such as lockdowns. While there was certainly cause for “concern,” with cases having surged in several European countries that previously appeared to have the virus under control, it was imperative to avoid “panic” and not to overreact and impose draconian measures, he warned.

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