Published: Thu, April 01, 2021

Ontario education minister says April spring break will not be postponed again

Ontario education minister says April spring break will not be postponed again

Premier Doug Ford told residents on Wednesday to "stay tuned" and urged them to refrain from gathering over the Easter weekend. Toronto recorded the highest number of new cases with 727, followed by Peel Region with 727, York Region with 229 and 194 in Durham Region.

He also says the province is planning to step up safety protocols when students and staff return to in-class learning on April 19.

Toronto expanded COVID-19 vaccine availability to those aged 70 and older (born in 1951 and earlier) as of Saturday.

"Nothing is more important than our health".

Late Monday, the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory group published a report that showed virus variants were sending more Ontarians to intensive care units.

He did not specify what measures are being considered but said that any decision he has made has been in consultation with the province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams.

He said local medical officers of health have the ability to advise and implement an "emergency brake" to move their region into a stricter part of province's framework and target transmission risks in the community.

Meantime, outgoing vaccine task force chair Rick Hillier repeated his promise that by June 20th, the province will have a "needle in the arm of every eligible person in Ontario who wants one".

"There's no question we're in a very serious situation here", de Villa said.

The number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU province-wide hit 421, surpassing the previous pandemic high set in mid-January.

"Our ability to get needles into arms grow by the day but the supply of vaccines, it isn't keeping up with our capacity to deliver them, not even close".

Ontario has reported 347,570 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started last March, and of that total, 320,409 cases have been resolved.

Toronto's Mayor has asked the Ford government to allow the city to begin offering vaccine appointments to those as young as 60 years old in an effort to speed up its inoculation process.

Ontario received 466,830 Pfizer-BioNTech doses on Monday, and the government said a delayed shipment of 225,400 Moderna doses is expected on April 7. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails.

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