Ontario recorded more than 2,300 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the sixth consecutive day the numbers hit over 2,000.
The latest COVID-19 modelling in Ontario shows a stay-at-home order is necessary to control the third wave of the pandemic, which is being driven by the more deadly and contagious variants of concern. "I'm very concerned to see the ICU capacity and we all have to be vigilant".
Ontario Premier Doug Ford talks at a virtual news conference March 30, 2021.
Non-essential retail would be allowed to stay open with very limited capacity. Furthermore, if the province halted vaccinations this month, almost 12,000 COVID-19 cases could be logged by the end of April. "This is the challenge of the new variants", he said.More news: EU Says No Specific Age Risk For AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine So Far
The number of patients in intensive care also rose to 421 on Wednesday, equalling the peak reached in January, according to Radio-Canada.
Brown said vaccination efforts need to be reorganized to target more of these workers faster to help decrease transmission across the province.
"Younger Ontarians are ending up in hospital and risk of ICU admission is two times higher and the risk of death is one and a half times higher for patients", he said.
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He did not specify what measures are being considered but said that any decision he has made has been in consultation with the province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams.
Salons, barber shops and other establishments offering personal care services were also slated to reopen in grey zone regions next week - something that may now simply remain an unfulfilled promise. Dr. Adalsteinn Brown says entire families are being hospitalized at once.
"The current measures and framework are not working to contain the spread of this virus", reads the letter in part.
Variants of concern are also affecting younger patients: nearly half of those admitted to ICUs from March 15 to March 21 were under age 60 - and are far more contagious, including through asymptomatic transmission.More news: Biden's dog bites another White House employee