The Government of Ontario The entire province is moving to implement an “emergency break” for four weeks in response to the hike COVID-19 Several sources tell Global News that efficiency is declining in the case and intensive care units.
The move comes after an hour-long meeting of the Ontario cabinet on Wednesday, but many health care professionals in the province have called for government intervention in recent weeks.
Many logistics details are being lined up until Wednesday evening. However, government and political party sources said the emergency measure would take effect over the Easter weekend.
The sources said the restrictions would be similar to those seen at the gray locking level of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework.
Under the plan, indoor and outdoor eating will be prohibited and can only be operated with takeout and delivery options.
As for retailers, many sources said they would be open with 25 per cent of the approved capacity.
Several sources have confirmed that schools in Ontario will remain open after the Easter weekend until the April break scheduled for April 12. No decision has been made on what will happen after the break, as it further depends on information from public health officials.
Sources, who did not have the authority to speak publicly, insisted that the details were current as of Wednesday evening and subject to change before the official announcement was made on Thursday.
During a news conference the previous day, Premier Duck Ford mentioned that restrictions were coming.
“Wait. You will hear an announcement tomorrow, but I am very worried to see the number of cases increase, ”he said.
“I’m very concerned to see the efficiency of the ICU.
Dr. Samantha Hill, president of the Ontario Medical Association, said the most recent infection numbers were “very scary.” He said more young people with COVID-19 were becoming seriously ill, staying in hospitals longer and putting more pressure on the health care system.
“We are going to see more ICU use than the first two waves, which means we have less ICU resources, less hospital resources,” he said.
“We need to do what is necessary to ensure that we are not stamping out the spread of the virus.”
The province also reached a new high on Wednesday in the number of Govt-19 patients in ICUs. Complex Care Services Ontario 421 hospitalized patients with COVID-19-related complications at midnight.
Meanwhile, the Ontario government reported 2,333 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. A further 15 people were reported dead from Govt-19.
This is a growing story, and it will be updated.
– With files by The Canadian Press and Ryan Rocca
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