The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) echoed Tory's recommendation by calling on the government to begin vaccinating education workers and all other essential workers in the hardest-hit regions of the province.
"The consequences of not doing so could include more people sick and dying than we have experienced thus far; so many so, that doctors could no longer care for everyone", said Dr. Samantha Hill, the group's president.
The decision to close schools in the region did not sit well with Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. Etches tweeted a copy of the letter on Monday.
Health officials reported 3,065 new cases of COVID-19, with a majority of the infections being in Toronto at 955, followed by 561 in Peel Region, and 320 in York Region.
In a Twitter thread, Etches said she is "in the process of reviewing the COVID data in schools to advise on an approach to take for schools in Ottawa".
"I know the tremendous burden this places on families in our region", Dr. Nicola Mercer said in a statement.
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But Premier Doug Ford says schools will remain open, because closing them is disastrous for children's mental health.
"We hope to be able to take it to workplaces. where we know there's a higher risk just given all the circumstances, and to other areas where we know people are more vulnerable", Tory said.
On Monday, there were 494 patients being treated in intensive care units across Ontario with a COVID-related critical illness, the government said, an all time high for the province.
In recent months, it has shifted in a descending order through the oldest age groups in the province, with Toronto now starting to give the shot to people 60 years and older at its six mass vaccination sites.
"Our health care system is under pressure and we do not have an infinite number of health care workers".
Review all businesses and services defined by the province as essential with an aim to: identify businesses and services that should be removed from the current list of essential services; identify which services in businesses with a large square footage are essential; and implement staffing limits of not more than 50 per cent for businesses and services deemed by review to be essential.
There are now 1,161 people hospitalized in the province due to COVID-19 with 510 in the ICU.
Ontario is reporting 3,065 new COVID-19 cases and 8 additional deaths on Tuesday.
Ontario reported 2,938 cases and 10 deaths on Monday.
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New Zealand's tourism sector would be crossing fingers for a start before the country's next long weekend - Anzac Day, April 25. Air New Zealand (pictured) are already offering flights between Auckland and Sydney as well as Melbourne from Friday, April 9.
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The local health department reported that 9,071 females and 8,266 males in Hays County have been diagnosed with COVID-19. But he pushed back against public pressure to implement stronger measures to control the spread of these variants.
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An estimated 300 people were present during the unrest, while two boys, aged 13 and 14, were among the eight people arrested. The clashes involved children as young as 12, according to a statement from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
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He has consistently refused to push for more drastic lockdowns used in other countries, calling such tactics "authoritarian". The province set records two days in a row last week, with 1,018 cases reported for Friday and 1,072 cases Saturday.