Ontario reports over 1,000 cases of COVID-19, Quebec reports 900

Canada's largest city Toronto wants lockdown extended

York Region's medical officer of health has asked Dr. David Williams to place the region in the red zone, which has the second-strictest set of rules under the province's colour-coded framework. There are now no confirmed cases in the city yet of the South African variant, also known as B.1.351.

I'm not sure why, and I say that with a full understanding of where we are now and that there are fears of a possible third wave.

Dr.de Villa, along with her counterpart in Peel, have advocated against re-opening for at least two more weeks. 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 recommendation comes despite York Region having 258 variant of concern cases, 62 of which are now active, with seven people hospitalized as a result and one dead. But there are "about five times" that many - another 283 cases - that have screened positive for variants of concern and are undergoing further testing, de Villa pointed out. It reported 800 new infections and five fewer COVID-19 patients in hospital than a day earlier.

"I don't think I can be any more concerned", Miller said. Health officials say the number of hospitalizations dropped by 19, to 747, and 129 people were in intensive care, a drop of one. This, in turn, can be expected to result in increased COVID-19 related illnesses, outbreaks, hospitalizations and deaths.

He said the Prairie provinces, in particular, have had "really scary spikes".

"The science is showing that we're still very much at risk as a country and none more so than Indigenous communities, who have really, really fought and continue to fight overwhelming odds".

"The best way to see a third wave is to ignore the science".

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. More than 83,000 doses had been administered as of Tuesday.

A shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was delayed because of heavy snowfall earlier this week that temporarily closed operations of the shipping company UPS in Kentucky.

"I'm not expecting to not get our wishes, but ultimately it is the province's decision", he said in an interview Thursday. The province also said 27 tickets were issued last week to people accused of breaking public health orders - more than half of which were for not wearing a mask in an indoor public place.

There were 10 new deaths reported across Ontario on Wednesday - down from a daily peak of 100 a month ago.

Most of the new cases are concentrated in hot spot regions in the Greater Toronto Area.

She said there are 345 confirmed variant cases in Toronto and said the city is facing exponential growth.



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