Ontario reports 4447 new COVID-19 cases and 19 additional deaths

Eloise Marshall
April 20, 2021

There are now 2,202 people hospitalized across the province due to COVID-19, with 755 people in intensive care units and 516 on a ventilator, according to government data.

The province of Ontario has begun using pop-up clinics to vaccinate people in areas with high rates of COVID-19 infection.

A nurse stands outside a COVID-19 testing centre at Women's College Hospital, in Toronto, on April 9, 2021.

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Ford also announced sweeping new powers for police across the province to stop people and vehicles to ask why they were not observing the stay-at-home order.

As high as that figure is, the province says more than 10% of hospitals have not submitted data.

Calls for Ontario Premier Doug Ford to undo new wide-ranging COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor recreational activities grew louder Sunday amid pledges of federal help to ease the toll on the province's strained health-care system.

The New Democrats say that Ontario Premier Doug Ford plans to shut down the legislature. But within hours of that announcement, several police forces, including Toronto's, said they would not enforce that order and civil libertarians threatened legal action, arguing the move was unconstitutional.

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His own government will then send 25 per cent more doses to the "hot-spot" postal codes now taking priority, he said. Meanwhile, data released Sunday by the province shows a record number of Ontarians are in hospital with COVID-19.

Barrett and other doctors said there must be paid sick leave benefits, so workers who are sick can stay home instead of being forced to go to work to feed their families.

The federal government is now requesting assistance from other provinces in their battle against the COVID-19 virus. On Saturday, the federal government announced a two-month extension for two mobile health units until June 30.

Ontario closed its borders with Quebec, causing major traffic jams in places like Ottawa where people live in one province but work in the other.

There was no immediate word from Ford on Trudeau's promise, but a spokeswoman for the province's health minister issued a statement expressing gratitude for the offer.

"The Premier will continue exhausting every option available to secure more vaccines sooner so that we can put this pandemic behind us once and for all".

Later, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in a statement that police officers will only stop people suspected of participating in an "organized public event or social gathering", not question people about why they are outside, or demand their home address.

It also changed its instructions to law enforcement, after almost every police service in the province said it wouldn't randomly stop people and cars to enforce the stay-at-home order, which Friday's measures had allowed. However, provinces will not send vaccine doses to Ontario because they need them to protect their own populations.

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