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Premier Doug Ford will convene a cabinet meeting to consider COVID-19 health policies

Doug Ford will have a cabinet meeting to examine COVID-19 health policies.

Key takeaways:

  • Premier Doug Ford will meet with his cabinet on Friday to discuss potential public health measures as the COVID-19 situation in the province worsens.
  • The reopening would have influenced restaurants and bars with dance floors, strip clubs, sex clubs, and bathhouses.

According to sources, as the COVID-19 situation worsens in the province, Premier Doug Ford will meet with his cabinet on Friday to discuss several public health measures.

At a meeting earlier this week, the government was presented with many choices, like shutting schools for a duration of time before and after the winter break and returning the province to Step 3 of its reopening plan, according to multiple sources.

However, insiders indicated the administration was not willing to make any significant adjustments to public health rules at the time. During the Christmas break, they will instead concentrate on new guidance.

According to sources, another cabinet meeting will occur at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Also read: Ontario had the highest daily COVID-19 case number since May

The govt is considering implementing a new policy that would require people to use a digital QR code rather than a paper copy of their COVID-19 immunization certificate.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, will give an update on the COVID-19 issue on Friday afternoon.

Any future reopening has been put on hold indefinitely by the province. Officials announced earlier this week that planned capacity increases in high-risk areas where vaccination is essential would be put on hold indefinitely to track public health trends and learn more about the Omicron variety.

The reopening would have influenced restaurants and bars with dance floors, strip clubs, sex clubs, and bathhouses.

Ontario’s reopening plans have not been altered in any way.

Because Omicron is likely to become the dominant type in Ontario, Dr. Peter Jüni, the director of the science table, told CP24 on Thursday night that he supports returning to Step 3 of the province’s reopening plan.

Step 3 involved enforcing more significant capacity limits in restaurants, pubs, and gyms.

“We must take the step if we are to get this under control; otherwise, our healthcare system will be overrun once again. We’ll need to take action quickly. And capacity restrictions are unquestionably one of the issues that will need to be addressed promptly. 

Premier Doug Ford will have a cabinet meeting to examine COVID-19 health policies.
Premier Doug Ford will have a cabinet meeting to examine COVID-19 health policies. Image from CTV News

The other side is that we need to accelerate the distribution of the third doses of our vaccinations and communicate them effectively, “Jüni remarked.

Even if Omicron becomes the dominant version, he argued that schools should be the last to close.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Ontario will continue to climb if no additional steps are implemented and immunizations are not increased, according to modeling data released this week. The Omicron version was not taken into consideration in the statistics.

In a series of tweets, the Ontario COVID-19 Science Table wrote, “We can’t anticipate Omicron precisely, but it will almost surely hit us hard and fast.” “Cases are increasing, despite the lack of Omicron.” Our hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) are again under stress. We must boost immunization rates and maintain public health measures.”

Intensive care unit occupancy is expected to rise to 250-400 beds in January, even without the new Omicron variety spreading.

According to health officials, the number of daily COVID-19 cases reached its highest level since late May. The seven-day rolling average for the province is presently about 1,055, up significantly from the previous week’s average of 851.

Source: CTV News

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