Science table lays out 6 ways to fight COVID-19

Grant Boone
April 21, 2021

The government of Ontario, Canada's most-populous province and industrial powerhouse, has moved schools online and announced more stringent public health measures on Friday, including shutting the provincial borders to non-essential travel.

He added that the federal government would be working directly with municipalities to deploy rapid testing to hard-hit locations and would cover the costs of relocating resources from other provinces who can spare them.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Monday the province expects to face a delay in the supply of AstraZeneca Plc COVID-19 vaccine, dealing another blow to its efforts to contain a punishing third wave of the pandemic.

"People are laying in crowded hospital hallways, struggling to breathe, and many thousands more will join them if we don't replace Doug Ford's plan", Horwath said in the release.

Among the measures announced Friday were a closure of all playgrounds as well as an order giving police the right to stop anyone to ask why they were out and request their home address. "We may as well focus on areas where the virus is actually being transmitted, which is indoor venues, predominantly among essential workers that don't have the luxury of locking down or staying at home". "The science supports this".

Ontario officials have also reached out to the ambassador to Norway and Ford is set to speak with the European Union ambassador to Canada and the High Commissioner of India later Monday to "ask for any extra AstraZeneca vaccines".

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca called for Ford to resign.

Local police forces say they will not randomly stop people
Ontario intends to close the borders with neighbouring provinces Quebec and Manitoba effective Monday . When they are followed, the public health measures work.

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said Ford's government had "lost the trust and confidence of the people of Ontario".

"In addition to the delayed and cut Moderna shipments, the Premier was notified today by our officials to be prepared for delays to two shipments of AstraZeneca expected from the federal government later this month and next", a statement from Ford's office said.

"The Toronto Police Service will continue to engage, educate and enforce, but we will not be doing random stops of people or cars", the force said on Twitter.

On Sunday Ontario reported another 4,250 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 people died in the last 24 hours.

There are now 2,202 people hospitalized across the province due to COVID-19, with 755 people in intensive care units and 516 on a ventilator, according to government data.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Sunday that the AstraZeneca shot would be offered to younger age groups starting Tuesday, at pharmacies and 'some primary care settings'.

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