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Ontario Consider Tighter Lockdown Restrictions As New COVID-19 Infections Plateau Over 3000 a day, vaccines are scarce and hospital stays are more alarming, says Premier Doug Ford

“We will make that decision in the next few days,” Ford said on Wednesday at its first official press conference of the year, announcing that “free and voluntary” nasal swab tests are now available for travelers arriving at Pearson International flights

Ford didn’t rule out overnight curfews, as it has repeatedly done in the past, just hours before Quebec announced it would be fined for a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Saturday for four weeks Mockers to discourage the school will reopen

According to a government source, officials are waiting for more data on the history of new COVID-19 infections before making decisions114 reached a month ago that number was 1820 another 37 deaths resulted in 4767 deaths in the province

Nearly two weeks after Christmas – and gatherings of family and friends that happened over the holidays despite public health advising people to avoid close contact with anyone outside their household – experts are looking for another surge in the Virus cases has an incubation period of up to 14 days

Schools in Ontario are scheduled to go on Monday and Jan. January will be open again for elementary school students 25 for students in grades 9 to 12

In Quebec, Prime Minister François Legault described his announcement of a curfew as “shock treatment” necessary to save lives and a health system under heavy strain

Matthew Pegg, Toronto fire chief, the city’s emergency pandemic coordinator, said curfews are also being considered at Queen’s Park.

“While I understand that some of these discussions are going on at the provincial level, no information has been provided to us at this point,” said Pegg

Ontario’s hospital stays for COVID-19 have topped the first wave peaks 1463 people were admitted – an increase of 116 in one day – and 374 in the intensive care unit, of which 246 were with ventilators. Non-emergency operations will be severely restricted as soon as more than 350 COVID-19 patients are treated in intensive care units

The number of people in the hospital battling the virus doubled in the last month and capacity concerns led to the nationwide lockdown that began on December 26, with only essential stores open and restaurants and bars for restaurants and shuttering halls are closed. Shops that are not absolutely necessary are allowed to pick up customers at the roadside

Health officials have been on the lookout for cases of the new UK Variant of COVID-19, which is more contagious and has been detected in six people in the province since Monday

Ford cited this threat as the reason for improving testing at Pearson, where international travelers and returning residents can use self-administered nasal swab tests under the supervision of health professionals before going to their homes or other accommodations, according to the 14 day quarantine Federal regulations

“In the last two weeks alone, over 31 international flights with COVID-19 have landed in Toronto since I called for stricter restrictions on our borders,” said the Prime Minister at the airport

The tests provide an “extra layer of protection” on top of federal requirements that arriving travelers must provide evidence of a negative test 72 hours prior to departure, Health Minister Christine Elliott added

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