Ontario police refuse order for random COVID stops

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Another 4,362 cases were logged on Saturday and a record 4,812 were added on Friday.

The latest national-level data found that an average of 3,428 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent seven-day reporting period, representing a 34 per cent increase over the week before. For context, health experts have said that any positivity rate above five per cent is "too high". Hospitalizations have surged above 2,100 and there are now 741 patients in intensive care units around the province battling the virus.

That brings the total number of cases in the region to 13,296, including 12,425 recoveries and 247 deaths.

There are 42,863 active COVID-19 cases in Ontario right now.

Authorities in Ontario, the most populated Canadian province, recently enacted pandemic-related restrictions that are so strict that not even law enforcement agencies are willing to enforce them.

The federal government announced Sunday that it was working with provinces that have not been as hard hit to fly health-care workers to help in the Greater Toronto Area's struggling ICUs.

Across Ontario, police services have responded to the Emergency Orders saying that they will not use the new special powers that the Ford Government's Emergency Measures have allowed them.

Police will also have a presence at the Alexandra Bridge, as the provincial order also applies to pedestrians and cyclists.

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Toronto has had more than 1,000 cases in 10 of the past 11 days with 1,299 reported Monday, followed by 926 in Peel Region, 577 in York Region, and 227 in Durham Region.

Premier Doug Ford has announced another string of COVID restrictions to combat a worsening third wave, including closing down all non-essential construction across the province.

There are now 36,579 confirmed cases of the variant, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom, in Ontario.

More border restrictions could also be coming to P.E.I., King said in a statement.

There are now 39 people in hospital receiving COVID-19 treatment in the region.

About 9.1 million people in the country had received at least one dose as of Monday morning, including about 915,000 who have received both required doses.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary.

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