Ontario cupboard to think about new raft of coronavirus measures tonight; Toronto mayor signifies help for curfew

The Ford cupboard will think about a raft of recent measures to fight coronavirus unfold in Ontario at a gathering tonight, after well being officers labored by the weekend to develop a brand new technique.

A authorities supply informed CP24 that work to develop new measures continues to be ongoing, and the ultimate package deal of measures can be thought of at a cupboard assembly tonight, earlier than they’re introduced publicly on Tuesday morning.

In the meantime, Toronto Mayor John Tory mentioned for the primary time he may help a curfew as a part of the brand new effort, however urged the province to think about narrowing the checklist of companies deemed important to maintain extra individuals at house.

“I do not rule a curfew out, however I actually query whether or not it is going to be the best. When you have a curfew, can we implement it,” Tory informed CP24 on Monday.

“For those who mentioned to me that in need of a curfew you needed to put extra hours of restrictions on when you would get meals, I might be completely snug with that,” he mentioned.

Ontario reported 3,945 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, setting a brand new file, with Toronto seeing 1,160 by itself.

Almost 400 persons are in hospital within the metropolis, with one other 1,000+ hospitalized elsewhere in Ontario.

The case progress prompted the Ford authorities final week to postpone the reopening of schools in southern Ontario for most of the month, and an extra pledge to launch modelling and higher public well being measures on Tuesday.

Tory reiterated his name Monday for the province to simply get on it with it.

“Every single day places extra pressure on the health-care system and albeit will get extra individuals sick.”

Ontario Vaccine Distribution Process Power member and epidemiologist Dr. Isaac Bogoch informed CP24 the most recent provincial modelling predicts each day case progress of 6,000 instances per day by Jan. 30 with out additional public well being measures.

He mentioned he wouldn’t be shocked if the province enacted what Quebec has carried out, which features a strict curfew.

“I would not be shocked if they give the impression of being east and simply reduce and paste what Quebec’s doing. Quebec’s has shut down just a few others industries. Quebec has imposed a curfew. I actually do not know what they will do but when you concentrate on what different levers you possibly can pull, these are different levers you possibly can pull.”

In the meantime, Tory repeated what he has mentioned since December, that Ontario wanted to bear a second full lockdown, just like what was carried out within the spring, with the intention to get COVID-19 unfold underneath management.

“I believe we have to undergo a interval the place just about every thing is closed just like the spring. I wasn’t completely happy however we bought by it and it labored as a result of individuals stayed house as a result of every thing was closed.”

He mentioned that he thinks there are companies working underneath the present lockdown guidelines that might be closed.

“Primary are massive field shops,” Tory mentioned. “I by no means understood for the lifetime of me that if we have been going to shut down small retail, and say you couldn’t go in these shops and so they couldn’t be open apart from curbside pickup, and thank heavens for at the very least that, I by no means understood that. If we’re going to say retail is closed, then it’s closed.”

He mentioned that banks, which have been shutdown within the early spring, may be closed to the general public given the capabilities of digital banking.