Saskatchewan extends current COVID-19 restrictions for at least 2 more weeks

Wednesday, 13 Jan, 2021

"In the meantime, if people would just follow the basic public health measures that we have repeated many, many times, that is what will, in the end, help us reduce the infection".

The modelling was presented on Tuesday by Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, the dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, who chairs Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

Effectively immediately, the province of Ontario has declared a second state of emergency due to risky levels of rising cases of COVID-19.

Schools in Windsor, Peel, Toronto, York, and Hamilton's public health regions will not be open for in-person learning until February 10, Premier Doug Ford said in a press conference today.

The state of emergency allows the province to enact new measures, such as emergency orders closing businesses, outside the framework of the current province-wide lockdown, which took effect on December 26.

Three of the new cases reported Tuesday did not have ties to any travel, said Ontario's Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health Barbara Yaffe.

Non-essential stores will be required to close by 8 p.m., and there will be more restrictions on non-essential construction. A previous declaration during the first wave of the pandemic was in effect from March 17 to July 24.

S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least February 21 - another 30-day extension to the restrictions in place since mid-March.

"I believe in the people of Ontario".

"Now more then ever we need - I need - you to do your part".

In a statement, the Ottawa Hospital says staff have received and administered 16,575 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Ottawa to date, which includes inoculations given at the hospital clinic and at long-term care homes by Ottawa Public Health.

"There was substantial growth in the period between Christmas and New Year, and in the coming days we will continue to see the impact of New Year's Eve as we approach the two-week incubation period this Friday", she warned.

The discussion over additional restrictions is to take place as the province reported more than 5,000 deaths from the virus.

Prince Edward Island did not release any new COVID-19 data on Monday, but the latest numbers suggest the province has seen 104 cases of the coronavirus, 94 of which are considered to be resolved.

British Columbia passed a grim marker in its fight against COVID-19 Monday as the death toll in the province surpassed 1,000, with 22 more deaths recorded over the weekend. It is the second of its kind since the pandemic began.

Quebec, which has reported a Canada-high 8,737 deaths, reported 1,869 new infections and 56 more COVID-related hospitalizations.

The provincial government pledged last week to give COVID-19 vaccines by January 21 to all long-term care residents, workers and caregivers in hot-spot regions.

Earlier on Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government is buying an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, adding that Canada would have at least 80 million doses of vaccine available by fall.