COVID-19: Announcement on possible new restrictions coming Thursday: Ford

Clay Curtis
April 1, 2021

Premier Doug Ford says he won't hesitate to lock things down.

Meanwhile, there are 785 new cases reported today in Toronto, 433 in Peel, 222 in York, 153 in Hamilton, 124 in Ottawa and 120 in Durham.

Lecce said the third round of Ontario COVID-19 Child Benefit payments will be doubled to $400 per child in Grade 12 or younger, or $500 per youth with special needs up to the age of 21.

With the advice of medical officers of health, Ford said his government made a decision to start gradually bringing the province out of the stay-at-home order and into the reopening framework in February.

Ornge, the province's air ambulance service, said Monday that between January 1 and March 25, at least 601 patients were transferred to different hospitals to help address the pandemic capacity crunch.

At the end of last week, 400 ICU beds were occupied with COVID-19 patients.

Health officials said there were 2,336 new infections, a rise from 2,094 cases on Monday.

There are 1,111 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario, 396 people are intensive care, and 252 are on a ventilator.

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"We have seen time and time again, and increase in COVID-19 cases after major holidays", Tory said.

"If the current situation is described as a race, the variants are ahead by a mile", said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen De Villa Wednesday, pleading with the public to stay home.

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, which advises the government on the coronavirus, said the province is at a crucial point, with new cases reaching the same number they did at the height of the second wave.

In the previous 24 hours, Ontario administered 70,645 doses of vaccine for a pandemic total of over 2.1 million doses.

According to Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO), which combines daily internal reports for hospitals and health organizations, there are now 421 patients in ICUs in the province.

It is also expecting 583,400 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from a shipment that arrived in Canada on Tuesday and is awaiting federal approval to be released to the province.

The federal delivery system provided 466,830 doses each of Pfizer on March 22 and 29, the province said. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails.

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