Premier expected to announce tighter COVID restrictions

Premier Doug Ford announcing the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 8 February 2021

Premier Doug Ford announcing the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 8 February 2021

Ford's comments come after a report shows there are now more COVID-19 patients in Ontario intensive care units than at any other point in the pandemic.

As the province faces a surge in COVID-19 cases, the Premier is urging people to celebrate Easter from the comfort of their own home this weekend.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the government hasn't done enough to prevent people from getting severely ill as the third wave has taken hold.

The move comes after intensive care admissions at Ontario hospitals reached a new high this week, with at least 421 COVID-19 patients now in the ICU.

As of Saturday the entire province could be in the Grey-Lockdown zone.

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The variant is more contagious and may likely be associated with more severe disease, Fauci has previously said. On Sunday, that number stretched higher still: 3.28 million vaccinations.

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

Ontario has reported an average of about 2,300 new cases of COVID-19 per day in the last week with many regions in southwestern Ontario already in Red or Grey.

"We also need a comprehensive safe workplace strategy for essential workers like those working in warehouses and grocery stores that includes receiving vaccines sooner". "We saw it before Christmas. we've seen repeated dithering, we've seen repeated delays".

He says the board was simply issuing a reminder to be prepared, just in case things don't go as planned. She said more young people are becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and are staying in hospitals longer, putting further pressure on on the health-care system. "Make no mistake, we have to be cautious, and that's why we have the emergency break available".

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