NewsAlert: Ontario extends stay-at-home order to June 2

13 Mai, 2021, 20:24 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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"In the first and second wave when we were dealing wit the non-variants, the number 1,000 was where we had our predictable hospitalization rates around six per cent and ICU rates accordingly", Williams said.

"The province is not yet ready to lift the stay-at-home order while about 2,000 people are testing positive for COVID-19 every day and 1,800 people are so sick they need hospital care, 800 of them in intensive care units", wrote the Ontario Medical Association in a statement on Wednesday.

Ontario will officially remain in lockdown for at least two more weeks after the government's current stay-at-home order expires on May 19, Premier Doug Ford has announced.

The impact of the public health measures will be evaluated in the coming weeks.

Fuelled by variants of concern, the province is now in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the premier did say he was prepared to loosen restrictions on outdoor activities once the stay-at-home order ends on June 2.

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"With the variants of concern the hospitalization rate is higher, the ICU rate is double so we have to take that into consideration". Schools will continue teacher-led remote learning. Data is to be assessed on an ongoing basis and medical experts, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other health officials will be consulted to determine if it may be safe to resume in-person learning.

The premier also said people as young as 12 will be able to start receiving the vaccine by May 31. To that end, Ford said children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be eligible for vaccines starting the week of May 31, 2021. "So for the time being we will need to continue with virtual learning".

"The spread of COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to our health care system and the well-being of Ontarians", said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

"Despite improvements, key indicators remain high and more time is required before the province can safely lift the Stay-at-Home Order", reads a release from the provincial government issued Thursday afternoon.

Mississauga and Brampton will join the rest of Ontario by remaining under a stay-at-home for another two weeks. "By continuing to strictly follow all measures, we can further reduce transmission of the virus, safeguard hospital and public health capacity, and save lives".

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