Ontario cabinet considering issuing stay-at-home order, sources say

Lawrence Kim
Апреля 7, 2021

On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford hinted that further restrictions could be coming. Etches tweeted a copy of the letter on Monday. It's not clear if the further measures will affect the whole province.

"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. "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".

Ontario also reports 494 patients in intensive care because of COVID-19 and 293 on a ventilator.

Ontario reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span - 2,938 new cases on Monday and 3,041 cases on Sunday - and 22 deaths. 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.

TPH is using a Section 22 order - which allows the city's medical officer of health to strengthen rules beyond what the province has put in place - to close schools to in-class learning from April 7 to April 18, a span that will include the April break.

They also asked the government to impose travel restrictions between regions within Ontario and for the province to provide paid sick days to supplement the federal program.

Ontario's Education Ministry reported 236 school-related cases provincewide on Tuesday, including 207 students and 29 staff members.

This comes after medical officers of health in Toronto, Peel and Ottawa called on the province to reinforce a stay-at-home order to protect their residents, saying the recently imposed "shutdown" is not enough to contain a growing spread in and across Ontario.

But increasingly, experts in the health-care sector say essential workers who can not work from home and often can not self-isolate if they contract the illness should be prioritized for the shot.

"It's critical to point out that after applying public health measures it takes time for the intended effects of the measures to be realized due to the incubation period of the virus", Alex Hilkene said in a statement.

"The data shows that schools have remained safe through this pandemic as confirmed by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and local Medical Officers of Health", Clark said in the email.

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