Ford to announce new restrictions tomorrow as COVID cases continue to climb

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About 83,000 COVID-19 tests were administered since Saturday's report.

Since that time, Ottawa Public Health has reported 2,346 new cases of COVID-19.

The chief medical officers of health for Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa made the recommendations in a letter to Dr. David Williams, the province's top doctor.

All schools in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga will move to remote learning for at least two weeks, starting on Tuesday, Loh said. Restaurants - which were allowed to reopen outdoor dining only a week earlier - were limited to takeout and delivery orders, supermarkets and pharmacies were ordered to operate at 50 per cent capacity, and other retailers were told to reduce to 25 per cent capacity.

"Both Peel and Toronto have seen rapid case growth while placed in the Grey-Lockdown category of the COVID-19 response framework, highlight the need for stronger public health measures", the doctors wrote, adding that the third wave is being driven by variants of concern (such as new strains detected in the UK, South Africa and Brazil) and that younger people are being hospitalized with more severe illness.

They also asked the government to impose travel restrictions between regions within Ontario and for the province to provide paid sick days to supplement the federal program.

The decision comes a day after neighbouring Peel Region opted to shut down its schools on Monday.

"It is our firm belief that schools should be open for in-class learning, as they are critical to student mental health and safe, as confirmed by leading medical leaders in Ontario".

Ford had tightened restrictions across Ontario last week.

"As medical experts have said, there is no excuse-no valid reason-to not begin vaccinating all essential workers today; this includes all education workers", Sam Hammond said in a statement.

"Collectively, we have failed our children". Etches tweeted a copy of the letter on Monday.

Ontario's Education Ministry reported 236 school-related cases provincewide on Tuesday, including 207 students and 29 staff members. About 22 per cent of schools now have at least one reported case, while 83 schools, or 1.7 per cent of Ontario 4,828 publicly funded schools, are closed due to COVID-19.

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