Ontario to implement new restrictions as variant cases rise

Henrietta Strickland
Апреля 7, 2021

"This closure is a necessary step to protect staff and students in Peel Region", Dr. Loh said in a release. Etches tweeted a copy of the letter on Monday.

"We are calling on the Ford government to recognize the hardship kids and families will face and do everything in their power to reopen schools where they have closed as soon as possible and save the school year", the Children's Health Coalition said in a statement.

"We are going to be very clear tomorrow on what we are hearing from our Chief Medical Officer to secure areas".

Ontario's Education Minister and the Children's Health Coalition are reacting to Toronto Public Health's decision to issue Section 22 and close all schools for in-person learning as of Wednesday. "While the implementation of additional province-wide public health measures is welcome, stronger measures will be required to reverse the surge our health units (among others) now face".

Ottawa Public Health has reported a dramatic rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since the city first moved to the "Red-Control" level on March 19.

The province also didn't share statistics on Good Friday, but on Saturday reported there had been more than 3,000 cases of COVID-19 for two consecutive days.

On Monday, there were 494 patients being treated in intensive care units across Ontario with a COVID-related critical illness, the government said, an all time high for the province.

Three teachers' unions also asked the government to close schools for in-class learning in virus hot spots and offer vaccines to education workers.

After analyzing other jurisdictions around the world experiencing COVID-19 surges driven by variants of concern, the local health officials say Ontario is not unique in that it needs strict lockdowns over large areas to discourage travel, cut down on unnecessary outings, and reduce transmission.

Ford didn't specify what the restrictions could be, or whether they would be province wide, but did hint that the focus is on Toronto, York and Peel.

However, Dr. Wang said Region of Waterloo Public Health will continue to monitor our local situation closely and will take additional actions as required.

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