Friday, 16 April, 2021

Ford to announce new restrictions tomorrow as COVID cases continue to climb

Stay at Home Toronto school boards to close classrooms on Wednesday, shift to remote learning
Gustavo Carr | 07 April, 2021, 05:04

Peel's medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, exercised the power to close schools under Section 22 of the Ontario Health Protection and Promotion Act. Vera Etches of Ottawa co-signed it.

"We made a massive move last week by basically shutting down the entire province", Ford said. Further, they asked the province to limit staffing at essential businesses to no more than 50% of usual in addition to the limits on customer occupancy.

"I hate doing that, but we're going to have further restrictions", stated the Premier today however as COVID-19 numbers and deaths continued climbing in Toronto, Peel and York Regions.

"Given the experiences of other jurisdictions with [variants of concern] (VOCs) and the current concerning trends throughout the province, we are asking that you, as Chief Medical Officer of Health, issue a province-wide stay-at-home order", the letter says. "Stricter lockdowns have been shown to be effective in other countries to control transmission while vaccine campaigns progressed to achieve sufficient population coverage to suppress transmission". The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital jumped from 23 on March 19 to 53 on April 5, while the number of people in the ICU with COVID-19 quadrupled from four to 16. According to the Ontario government website, there are now 2,028 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 14 days. Provincial health officials reported 3,065 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday with the majority of the infections being in Toronto (955) and Peel Region (561).

He said the government will be "very clear tomorrow".

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Toronto schools will be closed to in-person learning starting on Wednesday.

TDSB and TCDSB make up more than 30 per cent of the active cases in Ontario schools.

Ontario is reporting almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span.

"It is our firm belief that schools should be open for in-class learning, as they are critical to student mental health and safety, as confirmed by leading medical leaders in Ontario", she added.

Tougher public health restrictions could be on the way.