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Ontario premier: 'Don't make plans for Easter'

Ontario reports 2,333 new cases of COVID-19, 15 deaths, nearly 90,000 vaccinations Ontario now has more Govt-19 patients in the ICU than ever before
Bennie Garza | 01 April, 2021, 00:39

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is warning people not to make plans over Easter, while hinting that stricter restrictions could be on the way.

Three COVID-19 vaccination clinics in York Region will temporarily close at the end of this week due to a lack of supply, including the drive-thru clinic at Canada's Wonderland that just opened Monday, reports CP24.

"I won't hesitate to you know lock things down if we have to".

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said Wednesday that conversations are ongoing with the province about what these restrictions could look like, adding that the serious situation Toronto is facing extends far beyond the boundaries of the city and goes across the province.

Public health officials say variants of concern (VOC, ) mutations that are more contagious than the original strains of COVID-19, are fuelling a third wave of the pandemic. "I'm also very concerned about seeing the age group, the younger people now in ICU's", he said. Critical Care Services Ontario counted 421 hospital patients with COVID-related critical illness as of midnight.

With the advice of medical officers of health, Ford said his government made a decision to start gradually bringing the province out of the stay-at-home order and into the reopening framework in February.

"I anticipate (that) is going to be a discussion that will take some time because we need to take the time to come to the right conclusions", she said.

Ornge, the province's air ambulance service, said Monday that between January 1 and March 25, at least 601 patients were transferred to different hospitals to help address the pandemic capacity crunch.

"We have seen time and time again, and increase in COVID-19 cases after major holidays", Tory said.

Lecce sought to focus on the provincial government's plans to unveil later this week a targeted PSA campaign and extra rules for the next back-to-school return.

Ontario received 466,830 Pfizer-BioNTech doses on Monday, and the government said a delayed shipment of 225,400 Moderna doses is expected on April 7.

The City of Toronto hit a milestone Wednesday, administering more than half a million COVID-19 vaccine doses, the most of any region in Ontario.

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