Ontario moves to stage 1 of reopening plan on Friday
10 June, 2021, 23:51
Ontario's science advisory table released new projections on Thursday that are based on three different possible scenarios for the next two months.
"The Delta variant is more transmissible and may cause more severe illness", said Dr. Juli Emili, associate medical officer of health for the region.
"To be clear, we are not out of the woods just yet", Brown said.
Officials say the first dose of aCOVID-19 vaccine is less effective in protecting against the delta variant.
A second dose of the vaccine adds 50 per cent effectiveness, officials said. "Our ICUs still have more COVID-19 patients than they did at the peak of the second wave and the delta variant, the variant that hit India so hard, is here and is on track to be the dominant form of the virus this summer but we believe we can control it with the right action".
Ontario can expect the current decline in COVID-19 cases to continue for approximately 10 days; however, the latest modelling briefing, presented to reporters at Queen's Park on Thursday, warns that the Delta variant (formerly B.1.617) will likely become the dominant strain in Ontario over the summer.
"Mobile vaccine units supported by province operated pop-ups and employer-led clinics that provided first doses in Peel, Toronto and York public health regions will also begin operating second dose clinics beginning the week of June 20, 2021", notes the province.
Top doctors cite the increased hospitalizations and ICU admissions in the past week, a recent outbreak where there were a higher number of cases in a shorter period of time, and a slower drop in case counts despite vaccination rates as evidence.
The province administered 182,350 doses Wednesday and nearly 10.63 million doses in total.
"Ontario's vaccine rollout continues to pick up speed with over one million doses being administered each week, ensuring Ontario can safely and gradually lift public health measures", a statement from Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, reads.