February 27, 2021

Physician with COVID-19 variant vows to ‘actively defend’ against accusation, he blocks contact

The Ontario doctor and her husband – known to be the first people in the UK to be diagnosed with the corona virus variant – have pledged to fight public charges.

Both Dr. Martina Weir and her husband Brian Weir, who work in Toronto’s paramedical service, said through their respective attorneys that they were not guilty and would like to plead not guilty and would “actively defend themselves” against the charges.

As previously reported by CBC News, Public Health Ontario reported that only the lab that handled the couple’s Govt-19 tests had identified the difference. The province has not verified every positive case of COVID-19 for the B117 strain.

The couple, from the Durham region east of Toronto, have been charged with three counts of murder under Ontario. Health Care and Promotion Act They were put up last week, but were only formalized on Tuesday. Fees are as follows:

  • 2 each “failed to provide accurate information to all persons [they] They may have been in contact during the communication period for COVID-19. “
  • 1 Count each barrier to “providing false information” to public health officials.

In the case of Martina Weir, the interception number alleges that she provided false information to the Durham Regional Health Medical Officer when contacted about the first reported corona virus strain in the UK.

Brian Veer accused of giving false information about the number of interruptions, whether he was in contact with anyone who traveled from the UK

CBC News reports that a close family member living in the UK flew to Canada in mid-December and spent time at Weirs’ home during the holidays.

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Initially, its Boxing Day Announcement The then-unnamed Durham couple tested positive for the first reported corona virus variant in the UK, and Ontario’s Ministry of Health said they had “no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts”.

But a day later, the ministry issued a second statement claiming that the couple had withheld information.

“Further investigation and follow-up case and liaison management has revealed that the couple was actually in contact with a recent passenger from the UK, which is new information not provided in previous interviews,” the ministry said on December 27. Report.

Signage at Winnipeg Airport warns international passengers to be isolated for 14 days. The allegations against the Ontario doctor and her husband allege that they obstructed health officials by not providing accurate information about contacting anyone who went to the UK. (Austin Grabish / CBC)

No sign of workplace hazard

Martina Veer works as a physician at two publicly run hospitals and three hospitals in the Durham region.

A Nursing Homes spokesman said Veer did not work until December 11 – even before he was believed to have tested positive for Covit-19 – earlier this week. The spokesman said there was no concern about any danger to the occupants of the houses, but the contract employment of the veterans there has been reviewed.

Hospitals spokeswoman Sharon Navarro said staff working there should “make sure they are not traveling outside the country and not in contact with anyone traveling outside the country.”

He did not respond to questions about whether Martina Veer worked in mid-December or whether any other staff or patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were being screened for the B117 variant.

Neither Viro nor his lawyer will say whether he went to work in hospitals during the period he was contagious.

There is no indication in the CBC news that Weir went to work and endangered anyone in his workplace.

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Physicians are aware of college fees

By law, Weir must report the charges against him to the Ontario Medical and Surgical College, the state regulator for physicians. The college may then proceed with an investigation, and the results are sent to a committee that decides whether or not to take any action, leave a warning, ask a physician to practice remedial training, or refer the matter to a disciplinary inquiry.

The college said in a statement on Tuesday that, in general, “confronting the best practices in public health at any given time – including during an epidemic – represents a risk to the public and is not acceptable behavior.”

Brian Weir, who works as a senior planner for the city’s emergency medical service in Toronto, said he was unaware of the allegations against him and would not comment on anything related to its “staff serving as private citizens”.

Brian Weir’s lawyer did not answer the CBC’s question about whether Weir was on duty at the time of the outbreak.

According to the CBC News, Brian Veer went to work and endangered anyone in his workplace.

Weirs’ first appearance is set for March 10 in the Provincial Criminal Court. The fines carry a maximum fine of $ 5,000 each.

Health workers ‘raise moral responsibility’

Martina Weir is believed to be the second Canadian doctor to be charged with a public health offense in connection with a COVID-19 infection. A doctor in New Brunswick last year was accused of failing to isolate himself for 14 days after returning from a trip to Quebec to pick up his daughter.

Kerry Bowman, a biochemist at the University of Toronto, said in his view, health care workers have “a high moral responsibility” because they are “trustworthy with the public.”

“We are in this bad race right now, with these difficult winter months, with vaccines and variation and everything,” he said. “So this is very … very serious.”

According to Kerry Bowman, a biochemist at the University of Toronto, health workers have ‘a high moral responsibility’ because they ‘trust the public.’ (Stacy Johnson / CBC)

According to Statistics Canada, the country’s largest police force responded to more than 16,800 violations of provincial laws and regulations related to the COVID-19 epidemic between March 17 and August. The data did not specify how many fines or fees were incurred in those cases.

At the federal level, the Public Health Agency of Canada said earlier this month, between late March 2020 and January 5, 2021, police had issued eight charges, issued 126 tickets and issued 200 warnings for violating the Isolation Act. This applies to persons entering Canada from abroad.


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