4,250 New Cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on April 18, 2021

Ruben Fields
April 19, 2021

Prime Minister Trudeau also said discussions were ongoing about providing more health-care workers, saying mobile units were already setting up hospital beds in Toronto and Hamilton.

After new modelling data showed the current wave could continue into summer if nothing changes, the province has announced new restrictions and stricter enforcement of existing rules.

"Moving forward, police will have the authority to require any individual who is not in their place of residence to first provide their goal for not being at home, and provide their home address", Jones said.

"The reality is there are a few options left", Ford said. Big box stores are required to limit capacity to 25 per cent.

Kenney says more information will be released in the morning.

"We are seeing a rapidly deteriorating situation with a record number of COVID cases and hospital admissions threatening to overwhelm our health care system", said Premier Doug Ford.

Ontario reported more than 4,300 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, as those hospitalized with the virus topped 2,000 for the first time in the pandemic.

After a spike in cases, on Wednesday Grey-Bruce asked all residents to consider themselves carriers and to stay home for 48 hours for 48 hours, while Windsor-Essex saw a jump in cases Thursday almost bringing the daily report into triple digits.

The OPP will be using officers from across the province to set up the checkpoints at the 43 crossings between Ontario and Quebec and Ontario and Manitoba.

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Cook added that the gunman had died and the public is not believed to be in immediate danger. Family members of workers reportedly gathered at a local hotel to await word on loved ones.

The province has said only those travelling to Ontario to return home, to go to work, to transport goods, to exercise Aboriginal treaty rights or to obtain health-care services will be allowed to cross the border.

The province says 2,107 patients are now in hospital, with 741 in an ICU and more than 500 on a ventilator. "We've implemented the strictest measures in all of North America, and the hard truth is every public-health measure (that) we have left comes with a massive cost to people and their lives".

The province's top doctors said six week stay-at-home order and more than 100,000 vaccinations a day are needed to flatten the curve. "We need to do more to stop other even deadlier variants from getting into Canada and causing more havoc".

"But we have never shied away from doing what's necessary", he added.

On Friday, the province saw record 4,812 new cases of coronavirus.

Eastern Ontario reported 52 new cases Sunday, while the Kingston health unit had 11 new cases, Leeds Grenville had 10, and Renfrew County reported three.

"Low income and minority communities have borne the brunt of this pandemic in terms of cases and mortality, and they are now more likely to bear the brunt of police enforcement".

The province's positivity rate is now 6.9 per cent, compared to 8.2 per cent on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health. "The pace of our vaccine supply has not kept up with the spread of the COVID variants".

The previously announced hospitalization has now been moved into intensive care at the QEH.

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