Ford to announce new restrictions tomorrow as COVID cases continue to climb

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The health coalition says they understand that schools and learning environments must be safe, at all times, calling on the Ford government to further enhance the safety inside classrooms to better protect students and staff. Etches tweeted a copy of the letter on Monday.

In a news conference today, Ford said the government made a "massive move" by "shutting down the entire province" April 3.

Ontario's Education Minister and the Children's Health Coalition are reacting to Toronto Public Health's decision to issue Section 22 and close all schools for in-person learning as of Wednesday.

"We are going to be very clear tomorrow on what we are hearing from our Chief Medical Officer to secure areas". "Stricter lockdowns have been shown to be effective in other countries to control transmission while vaccine campaigns progressed to achieve sufficient population coverage to suppress transmission".

Ontario also reports 494 patients in intensive care because of COVID-19 and 293 on a ventilator. Schools will be closed for at least two weeks, starting Tuesday, although the second week is the scheduled April break for staff and students.

Active cases are the highest Ottawa has ever seen and the city set a one-day case count record on Saturday with 240 people testing positive.

Toronto schools will be closed to in-person learning starting on Wednesday.

York Region has said they will not be closing schools at this time because "COVID-19 transmission in schools in York Region remains low". The main variant spreading in Ontario - known as B.1.1.7 - is 50 per cent more lethal than previous strains, officials have said.

Ontario is reporting almost 6,000 new COVID-19 cases over a two-day span.

However, Dr. Wang said Region of Waterloo Public Health will continue to monitor our local situation closely and will take additional actions as required.

"It is our firm belief that schools should be open for in-class learning, as they are critical to student mental health and safety, as confirmed by leading medical leaders in Ontario", she added.



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