Ontario to implement new restrictions as variant cases rise

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"While teacher unions continue to stoke fear, here are facts that are not up for debate."

He noted there are three problem areas representing about 60 per cent of the COVID-19 cases - York, Peel and Toronto.

"Dr. [Lawrence] Loh and Dr. [David] Williams have all confirmed over the past 24 hours that schools have been safe places for learning and the pivot to virtual learning is due to rising community cases".

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

"Our government will continue act on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health who will review the science, data and trends along with collaborating with local medical officers of health and our team of expert health officials on if and when public health measure can be loosened or strengthened".

On Monday, Peel Public Health was the latest health unit to use its authority to close its schools to in-person learning. The number of COVID-19 patients in hospital jumped from 23 on March 19 to 53 on April 5, while the number of people in the ICU with COVID-19 quadrupled from four to 16.

Toronto schools to close tomorrow for in-person learning until April . 18
The government of Premier Doug Ford announced a provincewide "emergency brake" last week that did not include closing schools. In Toronto, the public health unit says it has recommended the closure of 20 schools as COVID-19 cases are investigated.

Munter says schools "should be the last to close and the first to open".

During his press conference today Premier Ford specifically pointed out Toronto, Peel and York as areas which could be facing the lockdown extension to a Stay-at-Home order.

"A stay-at-home order issued by the province through an Emergency Order is necessary to prevent and mitigate large scale morbidity and mortality and irreparable strain on the health-care system, " said the letter signed by Dr. Eileen da Villa, Dr. Lawrence Loh and Dr.

Toronto schools will be closed to in-person learning starting on Wednesday.

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

"Due to our strong infection prevention measures, 99 percent of students and staff across Ontario have no reported active cases of COVID-19, however, we must remain vigilant and keep our guard up in order to keep schools safe and open", Clark said.

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