Ontario to announce decision on COVID-19 hot spot restrictions

Linda McKinley a resident in the condominium building where Peel Region public health workers are to test all residents after five cases of the South African coronavirus variant were confirmed stands among news media members in Mississauga Ontario Can

Ontario was to receive close to 157,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week and said it expects weekly supply from the company to range between 173,000 and 186,000 doses through the end of March.

Over-80 seniors can book vaccinations starting in mid-March, he said.

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Infectious residents are reporting significantly more contacts than a week ago.

As well, the ministry is looking to mass immunization clinics, and mobile vaccination teams: to date, 2,500 individuals have enlisted to support the vaccine distribution by registering in the portal, as encouraged by the ministry.

A lockdown and stay at home order is being extended in Canada's largest city until at least March 8.

In a briefing at Queen's Park Friday, Ford said the "stay-at-home order will be extended for another two weeks".

York Region will see its stay-at-home order lifted and move to red on the COVID-19 framework. While the pilot was short, officials said many people used it to register and that gave them valuable insight into the IT requirements of running it. "My friends, I know we're all exhausted, I know we have all sacrificed so much but there is hope on the horizon", Ford said. "The federal government has assured us that the vaccines that we're in desperate need of, they're on their way". When it is up and running, people will be asked for their health card number when they register, though it will not be an absolute requirement and other forms of ID may be accepted.

"We can't let our guard down now, not yet".

After returning to the Framework, public health regions are required to stay in their level for at least two weeks.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it was a hard but necessary decision to keep the areas under tight public health measures.

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Travellers on four different trips on the Barrie GO line earlier this month are being urged to get tested for COVID-19 after a commuter screened positive for a variant of concern, reports CP24.

Ontario reported 1,150 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 47 more deaths from the virus.

All key indicators have greatly improved - new cases, testing positivity rates, deaths and hospitalizations are all going down.

Of the newly announced cases, 376 are in Toronto, 264 are in Peel, and 108 are in York Region.

As of February 18, some 217,000 people had been fully vaccinated in Ontario. Three regions - Hastings Prince Edward, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington as well as Refrew County - had their orders expire on February 10.

Hillier said the province likely won't start vaccinating those younger than 80 until at least April or May.

The health unit said 392 cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in the community since the pandemic began.

As a part of the planning for the administering of the vaccine, there are several provisions laid out, which include having a plan in place for those who are no-shows or must cancel their vaccine appointment time that will allow another person equal to the cancelled patient on the priority list to be slotted in.

In Canada, a total of 837,497 cases have been recorded of which 783,412 are listed as recovered.

There are now 284 active cases of the infection in Niagara, of which 16 are in Thorold.

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