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Parts of Ontario Could Be Headed to Stay-at-Home Order

Parts of Ontario Could Be Headed to Stay-at-Home Order”

There are 8,490 active cases of COVID-19 in the province, with 11,989 people under public health monitoring as a result of identified exposure to known cases.

Medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa signed the joint letter addressed to Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams on Sunday.

Toronto schools will be closed to in-person learning starting on Wednesday. Loh says the closure will allow students and staff at least two weeks out of schools to break any chains of transmission and protect them from exposure.

Dr. Eileen da Villa also called the rising COVID-19 case rates in the city "horrific".

Quebec is locking down five municipalities south of Quebec City Monday evening.

Infections have been surging in Ontario lately, with three days of new case counts near or above 3,000 after a week of daily case counts over 2,000.

He said the past weekend was a "very challenging" after the province set a daily record of 1,077 new cases on Saturday. The expectation is that trend will likely have continued into this week, with concerns raised about variants, how younger people are being affected, and the increasing pressure on hospitals.

The province had administered 912,056 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, mostly first doses. "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".

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There is also one case in the province's eastern health zone identified as a close contact of a previously reported case.

After analyzing other jurisdictions around the world experiencing COVID-19 surges driven by variants of concern, the local health officials say Ontario is not unique in that it needs strict lockdowns over large areas to discourage travel, cut down on unnecessary outings, and reduce transmission.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu says even as vaccinations ramp up, workplaces and individuals need to keep doing everything they can to prevent the virus from spreading.

Of the active cases, 318 individuals are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 96 of whom are in intensive care.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting no new COVID-19 cases. The province is 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. It reported 207 new variant cases.

The province is moving ahead with its COVID-19 Immunization Plan ahead of schedule, and launching "Get Vaccinated", B.C.'s online and telephone registration and booking system.

Federal politicians and medical experts warn that COVID-19 vaccines are helping but will not be the pandemic panacea.



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