Ford suggests more COVID-related restrictions on the way

Laverne Higgins
April 7, 2021

The expectation is that trend will likely have continued into this week, with concerns raised about variants, how younger people are being affected, and the increasing pressure on hospitals. Approximately 266 of B.C.'s variant cases are now active.

Infections have been surging in Ontario lately, with three days of new case counts near or above 3,000 after a week of daily case counts over 2,000.

She acknowledged the low number of active cases is partly due to the province's delay in reporting variants of concern.

Lawrence Loh, medical officer of health for Peel, which includes the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, said he believes schools are safe if public-health measures are followed, but the region needs a "cooling-off period" while community cases continue to rise.

According to Ottawa Public Health, there are seven COVID-19 outbreaks in Ottawa schools, involving 13 students and 6 staff members. There were 328 people in hospital and 96 of them were in critical care.

Of the people in hospital, 42 have the variant first detected in the United Kingdom, 20 the strain that emerged in Brazil, and one has the variant that was first identified in South Africa, Henry said. All of the new variant cases were found in the Vancouver region, except for one case that was found in the Fraser Health region.

"Concerningly, much of the increased transmission we're seeing in the last little while is driven by social gatherings where people are disregarding our provincial safety precautions for lot of reasons", Henry said.

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Qantas, however, is set to ramp up routes between the two countries, in particular between Sydney and Auckland. Ms Ardern said there were no conversations about the possibility of a bubble with Singapore and Australia.

Ford said, "We're going to have further restrictions moving forward very, very quickly".

"I know people are doing their best and we have to deal with what we have right now. The virus is adapting and is taking advantage wherever it can and it isn't fair".

The system requires people to register first to get a confirmation code, then book an appointment for a shot when they are contacted by email, text or phone.

More details on the distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccines in pharmacies will soon be available through Island Health, the health minister said.

Federal politicians and medical experts warn that COVID-19 vaccines are helping but will not be the pandemic panacea.

He said he would discuss the new measures "tomorrow" but reiterated he very much regretted shutting down restaurants.

"There have been 23 new COVID-19 related deaths since April 1, for a total of 1,486 deaths in British Columbia. That fact has never been clearer".

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