Ontario advisers seek six-week stay-home order and aggressive vaccination

Restrictions, with vaccination rate of at least 100,000 doses a day, said to be the only way to flatten the COVID-19 curve in Ontario

A person walks past cordoned off aisles of non-essential goods at a Walmart store in Toronto

Ontario’s science advisers say a six-week stay-at-home order and a vaccination rate of at least 100,000 doses a day is the only way to flatten the COVID-19 curve in the province.

In new projections presented today, the advisers say daily infections could approach 20,000 cases per day if strong measures aren’t imposed.

Data indicates Ontario’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are at their highest levels since the pandemic began.

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table says high case rates will persist into the summer without stronger measures and more support for essential workers and high-risk communities.

  1. Ontario could see an upwards of 20,000 COVID-19 cases a day, if stronger measures aren't imposed, according to the latest modelling update.

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  2. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces new COVID-19 measures for the province on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

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The group says vaccines are not reaching high-risk people fast enough to overcome serious illness seen in hospitals.

Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce new public health measures later today.

His government has also asked other provinces to send nurses and other health workers to Ontario as hospitals are pushed to the brink by surging COVID-19 infections.

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