Media reports: stay at home order looms

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 7, 2021

Ontario will issue a new stay-at-home order to try and control a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, sources tell The Canadian Press.

The rolling seven-day average of new infections is now 2,988, up from 2,316 one week ago.

While daily cases are now routinely around 3,000, they are still below the worst-case scenarios projected by modelling of 4,000 to 6,000 new cases a day.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals is now 1,397, up from 1,111 last week.

With almost 50,000 tests completed over the past 24 hours, the province reported a positivity rate of 6.7 per cent - a drop from 8.9 per cent on Tuesday.

Another 17 people have died as a result of the virus in the province, pushing the death toll to 7,475.

Ontario was under a less restrictive stay-at-home that began on January 14 and was lifted in Thunder Bay on February 16.

Various media reports say non-essential retail outlets will be restricted to curbside pickup only and big-box stores will be restricted to essential aisles only.

"We understand this may not be the news families had hoped for, especially given the province's recent announcement, but recognize the critical need to take steps as directed by TPH to limit the spread of COVID-19 and variants of concern", said Shazia Vlahos, spokesperson for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, in a statement to CBC Toronto. We saw our cases peak and we had this plan implemented in January, and they plummeted throughout the month of January.

Caitlin Clark, spokesperson for Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce, said the provincial government believes schools are safe and not sources of transmission.

"You need, sadly, at this point, a very blunt tool because your case numbers are so high, your health-care system is really being stretched beyond capacity, and you don't have many other options available to you when you are in a state like this".

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