Ontario science group calls for further actions to control pandemic

Laverne Higgins
April 21, 2021

The statement comes days after Ontario announced and then abandoned plans to close playgrounds and enhance police powers during an extended stay-at-home order.

Much of what the science table is calling for would represent a change in direction for Premier Doug Ford's government, whose measures have been subject to broad criticism.

The government will also seek to boost rapid testing, especially for essential workers, Trudeau said. "We're anxiously awaiting (that)".

The new restrictions, announced Friday, prohibited camping on Crown land, including Ontario parks.

"We've had several people say: 'No, no thanks, we'll wait for Pfizer and Moderna, '" Banaei said. "(It was) poorly communicated, poorly executed, and ultimately, I think we made the right decision in turning back on that".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Monday the province expects to face a delay in the supply of AstraZeneca Plc COVID-19 vaccine, as he faces significant blowback for his handling of the pandemic in Ontario. "We have learned from other jurisdictions around the world such as Australia that limitations on mobility work to control the pandemic", the spokesperson said. "If we do not support and protect essential workers and their families appropriately, the challenges will continue".

"One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario is now facing the most challenging health crisis of our time".

"What some people may not think is essential, someone else may say 'that is so essential, ' and the people want that service available to them", said Dr. David Williams.

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Toronto's top doctor said Monday that Ontario needs provisions that allow workers to self-isolate and avoid spreading the virus to others. "The science supports this".

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca called for Ford to resign.

According to his spokesperson, the premier has spoken with Canada's ambassador to Denmark and the Consulate General of the United States. "He should resign now before he makes things any worse".

This after Moderna shipments to Canada have already been cut and delayed.

Ontario reported 4,250 new cases on Sunday.

"ICUs are overflowing and COVID patients are being cared for in waiting rooms and crowded hospital hallways".

The Office of the Premier says he was notified Monday to "be prepared" for delays to the two shipments of AstraZeneca vaccine that were expected from the federal government later this month and next month. Nova Scotia's Premier Iain Rankin says the province can not give Ontario vaccines but is considering other assistance measures for Ontario.

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