Ontario adds 4,447 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario adds 4,447 new COVID-19 cases”

Ottawa will cover the transport costs and coordinate the transfer of caregivers from different provinces to Ontario, he said.

The province will also commit 25 per cent of future vaccines to hot-spot communities with high rates of COVID-19.

No official announcement has come from the province at this time.

Leblanc told The Canadian Press in an interview that the federal government made a decision to take a "leadership role" after Ontario reached out to other provinces and territories for assistance.

"Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., police officers and other provincial offences officers will have the authority to require any individual to provide their home address and objective for not being at their residence".

There was no immediate word from Ford on Trudeau's promise, but a spokeswoman for the province's health minister issued a statement expressing gratitude for the offer.

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to declare a public welfare emergency under The Emergencies Act to deal with the situation in Ontario. "More people will get sick, and many will die if we don't put powerful public health measures in place right away", she said.

Ontario announced a number of new restrictions to quell the skyrocketing numbers, but has faced pressure to roll back limits on outdoor activities, which critics have said will do little to stop the spread.

He added that Dr. Allison Furey, the wife of Newfoundland and Labrador's premier, would be part of the Atlantic contingent heading to Ontario.

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Prince Edward Island premier Dennis King says his office has reached out to the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College to see if pending graduates may be willing to help.

People wanting to go to parks and playgrounds should feel free to do so.

The federal government will also send rapid Covid-19 tests to the areas of Ontario that have been the most-affected by the pandemic.

Yesterday, the province reported 4,250 new cases, 18 new deaths and 2,107 new hospitalisations, 741 of which were in intensive care.

Health experts and advocates have been calling on the government to bring in paid sick days and shut down non-essential workplaces for weeks, saying the measures could help the province fight soaring COVID-19 cases that are threatening to overwhelm the health-care system.

That occurred with a province-wide order by the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford, empowering police to stop and question anyone on the street, or driving their vehicle, to determine whether they were violating provincial stay-at-home and lockdown rules. "If we do not support and protect essential workers and their families appropriately, the challenges will continue".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced new extreme public health restrictions that tightened existing restrictions and enacted new, even stricter COVID rules. The seven day average of cases is now at 4,347, up by more than 500 cases just one week ago.

There were 66,897 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period.

As of Sunday, Canada is reporting 1,118,163 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 87,657 considered active.

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