Ontario cabinet considering issuing stay-at-home order, sources say

Wednesday, 07 Apr, 2021

The province logged 2,938 new cases of the novel coronavirus today (April 5) and 3,041 cases on Sunday (April 4), as data sharing was paused for the Easter Sunday holiday.

"We made a massive move last week by basically shutting down the entire province", Ford said.

"Concerningly, much of the increased transmission we're seeing in the last little while is driven by social gatherings where people are disregarding our provincial safety precautions for lot of reasons", Henry said.

A joint letter by the medical officers of health for three major public health units in Ontario, including Ottawa's, is calling on the Ford government to issue an immediate stay-at-home order for the province amid rising COVID-19 case counts and ICU admissions.

They now represent at least two thirds of case growth, but their path to dominance was predicted by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Table as early as mid-February.

"This is a reminder that COVID-19 can impact people of all ages, and severe illness can occur at any age", said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer. "With more contagious variants driving epidemic growth in many areas of Canada, we know this virus is not going out with a whimper".

Since April 1, there have been 916 new confirmed COVID-19 cases that are variants of concern in our province, for a total of 3,559 cases (588 are active).

While older people are still most at risk, according to Dr. Michael Curry, he suggested more restrictions are needed to keep those under the age of 40 out of hospital until vaccines are available to that age group.

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported that Toronto will close in-person learning in schools starting Wednesday. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation.

Canadians who are eligible for the benefit can receive $450 for a one-week period.

Combined, this results in a four-day case count of 4,040 new cases, for a total of 104,061 cases in British Columbia to date.

The federal government is also vowing to help get more PPE to those on the frontlines.

The doctors also called on the province to secure more vaccines for Ontario and direct shots to people most in need. "This variant is moving hour-by-hour, day-by-day so we have to move with it and be nimble and be quick and that's what we're doing", he said.

However, she would not say directly if there were concerns with the speed by which doses were being administered.

British Columbians are proving to be quick on the draw when it comes to booking their vaccines online. "That tells me they were just out for a daily jaunt".