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Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario associate chief medical officer of health, said signs across the province are worsening.

Dr. Eileen da Villa, Dr. Lawrence Loh and Dr. Vera Etches of Ottawa co-signed it.

As of 8 a.m. tomorrow, all people 71 years and older, Indigenous peoples 18 and older, and those who have received their "clinically extremely vulnerable" letter in the mail may book their vaccine appointment online, by telephone through B.C.'s new provincial call-in centre or in-person at a Service BC location.

"Going to the malls is not essential", he said, despite current public health measures permitting them to remain open.

Schools boards and the province have been informed that Toronto Public Health will follow Peel Region in shuttering schools to in-person learning. "Stricter lockdowns have been shown to be effective in other countries to control transmission while vaccine campaigns progressed to achieve sufficient population coverage to suppress transmission".

About 22 per cent of schools now have at least one reported case, while 83 schools, or 1.7 per cent of Ontario 4,828 publicly funded schools, are closed due to COVID-19. New Brunswick has 168 active reported COVID-19 cases and 14 people in hospital with the disease, including eight in intensive care.

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These periods are in addition to April 1 to 2, when we reported 1,018 cases, and April 2 and 3, when we reported 1,072 cases.

"The spread of COVID-19 has never been greater in Toronto, with variants of concern increasing both the risk of transmission and the risk of serious illness or death", the statement said. Schools will be closed for at least two weeks, starting Tuesday, although the second week is the scheduled April break for staff and students.

The three public health leads also called on Williams to review and trim the essential businesses list, impose travel restrictions between other regions within Ontario, introduce emergency paid sick leave and move schools to online or hybrid learning in areas where school outbreaks are significant.

Health officials confirmed another 207 COVID-19 variant cases Tuesday.

The letter, dated April 4, 2021, emphasized data and key messages shared publicly on April 1st by the Science Advisory and Modelling Consensus Table which pointed out that the third wave of COVID-19 was being driven by variants of concern (VOCs) resulting in younger Ontarians being hospitalized, stressing the province's health care system.

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