Ontario worship services limited to 10 again as COVID surges


There is also a flight exposure notification related to the cases.

The expert panel said the best-case scenario would bring new cases down to about 5,000 a day, but only with considerably more stringent public health measures than the ones now in place.

As of Friday evening, more than 3.7 million doses of vaccine have been administered across the province, with 107,278 shots given out yesterday.

The new measures came just hours after Ontario's science advisers warned that the province's COVID-19 infections could soar past 15,000 cases per day by June without tougher restrictions. Ontario is controlling what it can control, he added: "Air travel is under federal jurisdiction".

In a letter to all provinces and territories sent Friday morning, Ontario's Deputy Health Minister Helen Angus said the province was short thousands of nurses and asked whether they had any to spare.

Since the pandemic began, the province has logged 412,745 cases of COVID-19.

Brown noted that while the gap has narrowed, people at the lowest risk were still receiving more vaccines than those at the highest risk. The seven-day average for number of cases reported in the province is 4,370.

Health authorities say more than 500 patients now need mechanical help to breathe.

Trudeau says in a video update that workers from departments such as National Defence and Immigration will be reassigned to help in the Greater Toronto Area in particular.

But at least three other police forces in the province are declining to do random stops and Toronto mayor John Tory said he is very concerned about arbitrary stops.

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"We're losing the battle between the variants and vaccines", Ford said.

Officials said 18 more people have died due to the virus.

As of Monday, the province will also implement checkpoints at all interprovincial borders and limit border crossings to Manitoba and Quebec, with the exception of essential services such as goods, transit and medical care.

The government says those who register for a vaccine will be contacted about booking an actual appointment after they've signed up.

After a spike in cases, on Wednesday Grey-Bruce asked all residents to consider themselves carriers and to stay home for 48 hours for 48 hours, while Windsor-Essex saw a jump in cases Thursday almost bringing the daily report into triple digits.

Health authorities identified 12 additional cases on Friday and six more on Saturday. As such, the reports can change and can differ from past case counts publicly reported.

The data also shows that while people are moving around the province less it hasn't been enough to slow the transmission of the virus.

Labs across Ontario processed 53,776 tests in the previous day yielding a positivity rate of 9.2 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.

Ottawa has also shipped more equipment such as oxygen units and drugs to treat COVID-19, he said.