Ontario extends Stay at Home orders for Toronto and Peel

  • Ontario extends Stay at Home orders for Toronto and Peel

Ontario extends Stay at Home orders for Toronto and Peel

The decision comes as new national COVID-19 modelling, released by federal health officials on Friday, predicted that with variants continuing to spread across Canada even the current level of public health measures will not be enough to prevent a resurgence of the virus nationwide.

"I have never been as anxious about the future as I am today", Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said Wednesday while warning new infections could surge if the city reopens too quickly.

The stay-home order was lifted for the majority of the province earlier this week as the government moved ahead with an economic reopening despite warnings it could set off a third wave of infections. The region's top doctor said COVID-19 cases doubled last week compared with the previous week, with many linked to institutional outbreaks.

The appointments will likely begin in March, said retired Gen. Rick Hillier, who is leading the vaccine rollout.

Provincial officials also said they're preparing an online and telephone-based booking system as the vaccine becomes available for the general public, though they could not confirm at what point the online-booking system will be ready for the public.

"I want to assure the people of this great province that we are ready to get vaccines into as many arms as possible, we simply need the supply", said Ford.

The province was to receive close to 157,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week and says it expects its weekly supply from the company to range between 173,000 and 186,000 doses through the end of March.

Ontario reported 1,150 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, a rise from the previous day as another 47 individuals died as a result of the virus. Dr. Karim Kurji says while the new variants are concerning, an aggressive vaccine strategy, provincial and local restrictions and aggressive enforcement will help keep cases low.

The Province of Ontario has confirmed 847 new cases of COVID-19 this morning, bringing the total number of cases in the Province to 287,736.