Ontario plans to expand vaccination as COVID cases stabilize in several provinces

  • Ontario plans to expand vaccination as COVID cases stabilize in several provinces

Ontario plans to expand vaccination as COVID cases stabilize in several provinces

"Legislating paid sick days is a common sense action that public health officials, mayors, and workers' advocates all agree is essential to curbing the spread of COVID-19", said Patty Coates, Ontario Federation of Labour President.

Another 13 people have died from the virus across the province.

"We have asked the public health measures table to give us more specific advice on triggers for the emergency brake but I would say that one of the big ones in the percentage of cases that are the variants of concern", she said.

With just over 27,000 tests completed, the Ontario Ministry of Health reported the province's positivity rate now stands at 3.3 per cent on Tuesday. In total, the province has recorded 6,719 deaths related to the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

Ontario administered a relatively modest 5,053 doses of vaccines on Family Day Monday, and so far the province has fully vaccinated 186,934 residents with the required two doses.

Meanwhile, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador both saw a drop in the number of new cases reported after recent surges.

Of the newly announced cases, 320 are in Toronto, 154 are in Peel, and 118 are in York Region.

The Ontario government reported Sunday that all long-term care residents across the province had been "given an opportunity" for a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

He went on to claim that provincial sick days would simply duplicate the federal government's Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, although many have already pointed out the CRSB is created to help those who have already tested positive for COVID-19, whereas paid sick days would instead protect workers who may be showing early symptoms.

Newfoundland and Labrador now has 297 active cases of COVID-19.

Officials confirmed there are 309 cases of the United Kingdom variant, also known as B.1.1.7, and nine cases of the South African variant, also known as B.1.351, found in Ontario as of Tuesday. The three regions are the last in Ontario to have students return to physical classrooms - the provincial government allowed other regions to reopen shuttered schools in phases over the last few weeks.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube also expressed concern about variants, even as his province continued to report encouraging numbers.