Ford Issues Warning Ahead of Easter Long Weekend

Ontario reports 2,333 new cases of COVID-19, 15 deaths, nearly 90,000 vaccinations

Ahead of the Easter holiday, Hamilton's medical officer of health Elizabeth Richardson is asking residents to put travel plans on hold, even if the plans are to travel in Ontario and visit family.

With the advice of medical officers of health, Ford said his government made a decision to start gradually bringing the province out of the stay-at-home order and into the reopening framework in February.

The province has said that when there are more than 300 COVID-19 patients in the ICU, care not related to the disease becomes impossible to handle.

"Nothing is more important than our health, the economy is important but it can wait, without our health, we won't have an economy".

Researchers flagged that risk of severe outcomes from a COVID-19 variant infection is pronounced 14 to 28 days after infection, "which in turn will result in delays until the full burden to the health-care system becomes apparent".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says don't make plans for Easter.

Three COVID-19 vaccination clinics in York Region will temporarily close at the end of this week due to a lack of supply, including the drive-thru clinic at Canada's Wonderland that just opened Monday, reports CP24.

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Green party Leader Mike Schreiner also urged the government to act.

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

"We see the numbers going up at a rapid speed right now".

"When can we count on a consistent volume of vaccines from the federal government? And if we need to take action, and put on the emergency brake we won't hesitate to do that".

Health experts have been sounding the alarm about Ontario's worsening third wave for weeks now, but Ford has continued to make changes to the response framework in favour of lifting restrictions as cases have risen all the while.

"I do think what's necessary is a pullback of reopening, as well as the kind of targeted economic supports for reducing workplace transmission and the transfer of the virus from workplaces into homes", he said.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) sent a memo to principals on Monday, telling them to be prepared for the possibility they may not return to in-class learning after the break.

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