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Canada mobilises health workers to virus-hit Ontario

Ford government reportedly planning to shut down Queen's Park as Ontario struggles with third wave Canadian officials forced to backtrack on extreme COVID restrictions after police refuse to enforce them
Kristine Garrett | 20 April, 2021, 04:39

Leblanc also said the the government will cover the cost and coordinate the movement of healthcare staff from other provinces to the frontlines in Ontario.

While the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has yet to release updated recommendations on the vaccine, Patty Hajdu said provincial officials are not beholden to the group's current advice to only offer the shot to those 55 and older.

Leblanc told The Canadian Press in an interview that the federal government chose to take a "leadership role" after Ontario reached out to other provinces and territories for assistance.

"Newfoundland is hoping by tomorrow or Tuesday to have a clear picture of the first tranche", Leblanc said.

"Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and goal for not being at their residence".

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said Ford's government had "lost the trust and confidence of the people of Ontario". "More people will get sick, and many will die if we don't put powerful public health measures in place right away", she said.

According to the Canadian Press, a source with knowledge of the discussions says a "scoping-down" clarification is now being approved.

Additionally, the federal government said it would be providing an increased supply of tocilizumab, which is used to treat severe pneumonia is COVID-19 patients, as well as other needed drugs for Ontario through reallocation from other provinces and territories.

And in Ontario, the province reported 4,250 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and 18 additional deaths.

"As Ontario, like other provinces and jurisdictions around the world, battles a third wave of COVID-19 driven by variants, we are grateful for the support of the federal government", a statement from the Ontario Ministry of Health reads.

Although day trips and hiking are still allowed, people are criticizing Doug Ford for not allowing overnight stays. "We will continue to work with all levels of government and health care partners to protect the health and safety of Ontarians and combat this deadly virus".

Interprovincial travel restrictions came into effect April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. CST, following an announcement from Ontario Premier Doug Ford. The seven day average of cases is now at 4,347, up by more than 500 cases just one week ago.

Over 42,000 tests were done over the last 24 hours and over 66,000 vaccines were given.

Alberta, which is now dealing with the highest rate of COVID-19 per capita in Canada, reported 1,516 new cases of the virus on Sunday and three more deaths.

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