Top docs call for new province-wide stay-at-home order

Ontario to drop two days' worth of COVID-19 data today

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said the shutdown was aimed at dealing with the third wave of the pandemic, but noted it takes time for the intended effects of the measures to be realized due to the incubation period of the virus.

Meanwhile, Ontario reported almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span.

With the rise in new cases, several schools in Toronto have temporarily closed their doors for in-person learning. Vera Etches said in a Monday afternoon Twitter thread.

"With increasing case counts and the presence of variants of concern, we need to break chains of transmission and keep our schools safe", Loh said in a statement.

The three medical officers of health ask the provincial government to make "every possible effort" to secure more vaccine doses for the province and to ensure the necessary administration of vaccine doses is in place in areas where they are needed most.

The president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said all schools in hot spot regions should move to online learning until all teachers can be vaccinated.

But Premier Doug Ford says schools will remain open, because closing them is disastrous for children's mental health.

The update comes a day after Toronto Mayor John Tory mulled taking on a "targeted approach" to vaccinating people in high-risk neighbourhoods and workplaces as case numbers in the city climb.

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Tory stressed that the plan was contingent on the availability of vaccine supply in the coming weeks.

"Given the rapid deterioration in local indicators across our three public health units, we are writing today to make urgent comment on the decision to impose a province-wide emergency brake", the letter says.

Ontario is now vaccinating the province's elderly population and those working in highest-risk settings, like hospitals and long-term care homes.

Review all businesses and services defined by the province as essential with an aim to: identify businesses and services that should be removed from the current list of essential services; identify which services in businesses with a large square footage are essential; and implement staffing limits of not more than 50 per cent for businesses and services deemed by review to be essential.

The province said 510 patients out of 1,161 hospitalized are now in the ICU with a COVID-19-related critical illness.

There are now 1,161 people hospitalized in the province due to COVID-19 with 510 in the ICU.

-With files from Denise Paglinawan and Holly McKenzie-Sutter.

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

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