PHAC modelling released this week predicts a spike in coronavirus cases by this spring if more contagious variants of COVID-19 spread widely.
"During this same period of time, North Bay Parry Sound District has also seen its case rate increase by 11.5 per cent to 14.6 cases per 100,000 people".
This "immediate priorities" list also includes Indigenous adults in northern remote and higher risk communities.
Earlier this week, health officials in both Toronto and Peel Region called on the province for current lockdown measures to be extended for at least two weeks.
Most of the province has already transitioned into the government's colour-coded reopening framework, which governs what restrictions are in place in each region depending on the current COVID-19 situation.
Federal forecasts issued Friday said COVID-19 variants that have now been found in every province could fuel a surge of 20,000 new cases per day by mid-March if public health restrictions are relaxed.
Toronto officials asked the provincial government this week to extend the lockdown after Toronto's medical officer of health said she has never been more anxious about the future because of new coronavirus variants. "Everyone is strongly advised to continue staying at home, avoid social gatherings, only travel between regions for essential purposes, and limit close contacts to your household or those you live with regardless of which level of the Framework you are in".
The change for Lambton Public Health will come into effect on February 22. Every other region is staying at the same level for at least another week, including Southwester Public Health. In addition, Ontario has introduced an "emergency brake" to allow the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, to immediately advise moving a region into Grey-Lockdown to interrupt transmission.
Health Minister Christine Elliott says the hot spots of Toronto, Peel and York Region are still seeing the most cases.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is slamming Ontario Premier Doug Ford's Friday decision to keep Toronto and Peel Region in lockdown for at least two more weeks as "downright insulting".
The government also chose to maintain the stay-at-home order for the North Bay, Ont., area - which has seen a spike in variants of COVID-19 - while loosening restrictions for York Region, which had sought the removal of the strictest measures.
Enforcement of residential evictions will remain paused in the public health regions where the provincial Stay-at-Home order remains in effect.
Western Quebec has recorded 19 new cases. There have been 385 confirmed cases of the United Kingdom variant of the virus and nine cases of the South African variant, according to government data as of February 18.
The Biden administration official on a Thursday background call made clear the priority is vaccinating Americans. Other rich nations like the United Kingdom pledged this week to do the same with their surplus vaccine doses.
He also shared that COVAX's interim distribution forecast of AstraZeneca vaccines for the Philippines will begin in late February. There are allegations that China blocked a deal between Taiwan and Pfizer to ensure the country could not receive the vaccine.
Separately, police said two men found alongside a Houston highway were believed to have died due to the cold. Some utilities said they were starting blackouts , while others urged customers to reduce power usage.
The weather service said up to an inch of snow and sleet and a light glaze of ice will be possible in the advisory area. The north Alabama winter storm warning will go into effect at 4 p.m. today and last until 6 a.m.
Meanwhile, another six people have died with Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to the region's Department of Health. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 33 additional deaths related to Covid-19.
Australia wants tech giants like Facebook and Google to pay for the content reposted from news outlets. Facebook has made a decision to ban Australian users from reading or sharing news on its platform.
In this illustration provided by Nasa the Perseverance rover fires up its descent stage engines as it nears the Martian surface. Garan said the rover looking into why there isn't life on Mars now is just as important as looking for signs of life .
Even if Trump does not run in 2024, he could serve as a kingmaker during the Republican presidential primaries. McConnell did not vote to convict Trump of inciting the insurrection in the impeachment trial that followed.
He believes there could be a silent majority of Republicans who support Murkowski, even if they don't agree with every action she takes.
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Australian Open to welcome back fans from Thursday
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Democrats set to unveil Biden’s immigration Bill
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Sen. Cruz went to Mexico on vacation amid storm
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US Life Expectancy Drops By One Year
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Facebook Bans Australians from News
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Trump Plaza casino imploded in Atlantic City
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Rush Limbaugh, Conservative U.S. radio host, dead at 70
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