Premier Doug Ford’s cupboard shall be assembly at present to debate suggestions from public well being officers in the future after the province hit a brand new single-day excessive for COVID-19 circumstances, CP24 has confirmed.
Ontario recorded 797 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, the best variety of new circumstances reported in a 24-hour interval for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
“The alarm bells are ringing louder and louder,” Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. David Williams mentioned on Thursday afternoon.
It’s unclear precisely what suggestions Ford’s cupboard is contemplating this morning however final week, Toronto’s prime public well being official, Dr. Eileen de Villa, requested that the province give the town the facility to briefly ban indoor eating, indoor health courses and different indoor sports activities actions.
An estimated 44 per cent of current outbreaks in Toronto have been tied to eating places, bars or leisure venues.
De Villa has mentioned if further restrictions aren’t put in place shortly. the variety of new infections might quickly rise in Toronto within the coming months.
Over the previous few days, the premier has dismissed strategies that bars and eating places are a big supply of transmission.
“I’ve to see the proof earlier than I take somebody’s livelihood away from them,” he advised reporters on Monday.
“I wish to exhaust each single avenue earlier than I smash somebody’s life. It’s simple to go in there and say I’m simply shutting down the whole lot. Present me the proof, onerous, onerous proof.”
Earlier this week, Ford expressed concern over a possible spike in circumstances as a consequence of folks gathering over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The province’s medical officer of well being has urged folks solely to get along with members of their very own family for the vacation this 12 months.
“Thanksgiving is generally a time when folks get along with household and pals, however these aren’t regular occasions. In the US on the fourth of July, and right here at residence on the Civic Vacation and Labour Day, we noticed folks chill out, we noticed them let their guard down, and consequently, we noticed the numbers spike within the circumstances and contacts,” Ford mentioned on Wednesday.
“This Thanksgiving weekend, it’s not sufficient simply to restrict the scale of our gatherings, we have to stick with our rapid households… I do know that this shall be very, very robust.”