Saturday, 19 June, 2021


Ontario could announce new COVID-19 restrictions Friday

NL Offers Aid as Ontario Enters Emergency Lockdown Under Crushing Case Load Modelling shows COVID-19 cases will stay high through summer without 6-week stay at home order
Noah Ferguson | 17 April, 2021, 19:09

Big box stores can remain open, but at only 25 per cent capacity.

"We're losing the battle between the vaccines and the variants", he said.

Ford also said enforcement will be ramped up, "We are taking decisive action on the ground to dramatically step up enforcement". Police will have the authority to ask anyone who is outside what their address is and to ask why they're out, she said.

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.

Other premiers looking at restricting inter-provincial travel include B.C. Premier John Horgan. "And there is the option for a police officer to issue a ticket", said Jones in a news conference.

Earlier on Friday, the Ontario Science Table, which includes the province's scientific and health experts, said vaccinations are not reaching people at high-risk fast enough to prevent the risky impact on Ontario communities and hospitals.

"These are tough, but necessary measures to help us overcome this health crisis", Jones said. She also expressed concern about the impact the restrictions, and the new enforcement powers, could have on "front-line essential heroes".

Manitobans will not be able to visit their cottages in Ontario starting Monday, after Ontario's premier announced new interprovincial border restrictions. People crossing for work or transporting goods, among others, will be allowed in.

The dire predictions came after the government pleaded with other provinces to send in nurses and health workers as its hospital system was pushed to the brink.

On Friday, Ontario reported a record 4,812 infections, while the previous record of 4,736 was logged on Thursday and 4,156 cases were reported on Wednesday. That number had reached 701 by Friday.

New restrictions have arrived in Ontario under the extended stay-at-home order that will now last at least 6 weeks. This is about getting doses to people where the situation is most serious.

Anand also confirmed Canada is expected to receive an initial shipment of about 300,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine during the week of April 27, which will be delivered to provinces in the beginning of May. By comparison, just 35 vaccines would prevent a single case when following a vaccination strategy that prioritizes high-risk communities.

Elliott said that the province will focus 25 per cent of all future vaccine allocations on the 13 public health regions that historically suffered high rates of COVID-19-related deaths, hospitalizations and infections.

There are 726 patients in intensive care units because of COVID-19 (up from 701 yesterday) and 501 COVID patients on ventilators (up from 480 reported yesterday). Notice that our hospitals can no longer function normally.

The rules state that in such cases the shortest and most direct route must be followed.

In announcing them, Ford said the province was "on its heels" and new measures were urgently needed.

"New emergency orders announced yesterday to help limit the spread of COVID-19 are now in effect", Toronto Police Service posted to social media Saturday morning.

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