Ontario logs 4,250 new COVID cases, ICU admissions reach new peak

Ruben Hill
April 20, 2021

Closing all outdoor recreational amenities, such as golf courses, basketball courts, soccer fields, and playgrounds, with limited exceptions.

Reducing capacity limits to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted. "We're losing the battle between the variants and vaccines". "We have to lock it down", said Ford. They can now ask people who are outside their address and reasons for being outside their homes.

The new police measures drew immediate condemnation from civil liberties activists.

"Random police stops during COVID are unconstitutional, presuming those outdoors or driving to be guilty", said Michael Bryant, head of the CCLA.

Ford said he's also calling on the federal government to "tighten up our worldwide borders".

The Toronto Police Service said it was reviewing the new orders.

The number of related deaths, hospitalizations, those being treated in the ICU, and active COVID-19 outbreaks at facilities in the area also remain unchanged. "We've implemented the strictest measures in all of North America, and the hard truth is every public health measure we have left has a massive cost to people and their lives".

With COVID-19 cases counts breaking records, Ontario is considering stricter measures.

"Those that refuse to comply will receive the appropriate penalty".

Big and small police forces across the province, however, said they had no intention of exercising their new-found powers.

"The OPS will not be conducting random stops", he said in a release.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the measures appeared too weak to flatten the curve.

The province says two of the most recent deaths occurred in the past 24 hours, while the other seven took place between April 11 and 16.

That means further limiting air travel into Ontario, tightening the Canada - U.S. border, and addressing issues with people coming into Ontario and not doing the mandatory hotel quarantine and / or home quarantines, he said. People crossing for work or transporting goods, among others, will be allowed in.

Ontario reported 4,250 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, a drop from the 4,362 on Saturday.

The co-chairman of Ontario's expert panel, Adalsteinn Brown, said Ontario's hospitals could no longer function normally.

In the North, Yukon diagnosed one new case of COVID-19 - the second this week, and 76th since the start of the pandemic. Eighteen more people have died as a result of the virus.

There are 132 people in hospital in Manitoba with COVID-19, with 33 of those in intensive care. That number had reached 701 by Friday. It will now be in place for at least six weeks, until May 20.

The group says vaccines are not reaching high-risk people fast enough to overcome serious illness seen in hospitals.

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The latest numbers from the province suggest things are closer in line with the worst-case scenario, which predicted around 5,000 cases a day by mid-April.

Saskatchewan is reporting 289 new cases of COVID-19, as well as one additional death. By comparison, just 35 vaccines would prevent a single case when following a vaccination strategy that prioritizes high-risk communities.

The province says in the short term they're not expecting to get the supply required to do so. "That is something that we are supportive of".

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

The P. 1 variant's arrival in Yukon is particularly worrying, the territory's chief medical officer said, because there's little information about how the strain responds to the Moderna vaccine, which has been administered to about 70 per cent of Yukon residents.

According to Public Health Ontario, there are delays between specimen collection and the testing required to confirm a variant of concern. Ontario is controlling what it can control, he added: "Air travel is under federal jurisdiction".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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