Ontario’s cabinet is considering issuing a stay-at-home order. Premier Doug Ford has hinted that additional restrictions may be imposed. It is unclear whether the order would be issued provincially or regionally.
Over the weekend, the province declared a state of emergency, closing all in-person dining, fitness centers, and personal care services. Three top doctors wrote in a letter that stronger measures are needed to stop the spread of super contagious COVID-19 variants. The provincial government previously stated that a stay-at-home order would have a “tremendous ill effect on both children and adults.”
Three of the province’s top doctors sent the letter to the Chief Medical Officer of Health on April 4, and will be discussing additional measures with the government. At the time, the government did not issue an order, and retail stores were permitted to remain open with strict capacity limits. CoVID variants are highly contagious and can be transmitted through contact with human feces.
Over the last five days, nearly 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ontario. For the first time since the pandemic began, the number of patients with the disease in intensive care units has surpassed 500.
News and picture source: CTV