Here's what Ontario's new emergency lockdown rules mean for Toronto

  • Here's what Ontario's new emergency lockdown rules mean for Toronto

Here's what Ontario's new emergency lockdown rules mean for Toronto

One of the province's top doctors is warning residents we need to make changes if we want to curb the spread of Ontario COVID-19 cases.

Brown warned that the new COVID-19 variant from Britain was already in Ontario and could decrease the doubling time of cases - or how long it takes for case counts to double, now 30 to 40 days - to 10 days.

With one-third of Ontario's population ignoring normal COVID-19 pandemic precautions and with more people getting sick and dying, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has issued a stay-at-home order in the hopes that the "bad actors" out there will heed the advice.

The new restrictions were announced shortly after the province released projections that show the virus is on track to overwhelm Ontario's health-care system.

Ontario's long-term care sector continues to be devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and ICU occupancy is increasing with "real consequences for health" are among the key findings in the province's latest round of COVID-19 data and modelling.

Among the projections that should the United Kingdom variant spread too much in the community, the rate at which our case counts double will drop from the current rate of 35 to 40 days to just 10, and that forecasts suggest there will be more deaths in long-term care in this current wave than the first.

The association has called for on the government to impose a full lockdown, similar to the measures taken last spring, as well as a curfew.

Officials also mentioned that the UK COVID-19 variant, known as Novel-SARS-CoV-2: B.1.1.7. was already spreading in the province and that three of the 14 cases confirmed Tuesday could not be traced back to travel. "Many are travelling and gathering", said Ford.

Anand says it remains possible that Canada could decide to buy the other 36 million doses too.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths continues to rise and is expected to double from 50 to 100 deaths per day between now and the end of February.

Also commenting at the Tuesday event was Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones who said the idea of the emergency declaration is to have people live by the restrictions of no more than five persons (beyond your family) at any gathering and to avoid any non-essential travel.

Modelling tables from the province's COVID-19 advisory group revealed that nearly 40% of long-term care homes have active COVID-19 outbreaks.

Projections show there could be about 500 COVID-19 patients in intensive care by mid-January and potentially more than 1,000 by February under more severe scenarios.

University of Toronto infectious disease specialist Dr. Colin Furness criticized the overall response given the health care realities presented earlier in the day. Ontario expects to receive 80,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine every week for the rest of January.

Brown noted effective restrictions and other measures implemented in Australia, France and Germany included accessible testing, mandatory mask wearing outdoors, curfews, protections from evictions, income supports for essential workers and increased enforcement. "We aren't telling people they can't get out and walk their dog", the Premier said.

Quebec is reporting 1,934 new cases of COVID-19 today and 47 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including 13 within the preceding 24 hours.

Another 41 people have died since yesterday, bringing the provincial death toll to 5,053. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario for a total of 196,125 doses delivered so far.

Ontario had received 196,025 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of January 7, according to Health Canada.