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

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

Ontario reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span - 2,938 new cases on Monday and 3,041 cases on Sunday - and 22 deaths.

The top doctors of three COVID-19 hot spots in Ontario are urging the province to impose tougher restrictions, including a stay-at-home order, to address a surge in new infections.

The letter was signed by Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, Peel Region's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lawrence Loh and Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health Dr.

"We're going to have further restrictions moving forward very, very quickly. And again, we have to focus on where we see the problem three regions, York, Peel, in Toronto represents 60 per cent of the COVID cases", he said.

He said he would discuss the new measures "tomorrow" but reiterated he very much regretted shutting down restaurants.

TPH is using a Section 22 order - which allows the city's medical officer of health to strengthen rules beyond what the province has put in place - to close schools to in-class learning from April 7 to April 18, a span that will include the April break.

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The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) issued a statement on Monday, saying provincial doctors are concerned that we are entering the worst phase of the pandemic since last spring and urge everyone - all levels of government and every Ontarian - to take the warning seriously.

"I hate doing that, but we're going to have further restrictions", he said, declining to elaborate.

About 83,000 COVID-19 tests were administered since Saturday's report.

The letter asks Williams to issue a province-wide stay-at-home order, close non-essential businesses (and be stricter about which businesses quality as "essential"), mandate staffing limits where possible, set strict capacity limits in open businesses, restrict people from travelling within Ontario, offer paid sick days to essential workers and move schools online in hard-hit areas. "It means they can join the line if they have not already", she said.

Ontario also reports 494 patients in intensive care because of COVID-19 and 293 on a ventilator.

Ontario is also moving into a second phase of its vaccination campaign, which includes inoculating essential workers who can not work from home, people with high-risk health conditions and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.



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