Ford says there will be 'further restrictions moving forward'

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"The data shows that schools have remained safe through this pandemic as confirmed by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and local Medical Officers of Health", said Minister Lecce's spokesperson, Caitlin Clark.

"We are calling on the Ford government to recognize the hardship kids and families will face and do everything in their power to reopen schools where they have closed as soon as possible and save the school year", the Children's Health Coalition said in a statement. It's not clear if the further measures will affect the whole province.

"Given the experiences of other jurisdictions with [variants of concern] (VOCs) and the current concerning trends throughout the province, we are asking that you, as Chief Medical Officer of Health, issue a province-wide stay-at-home order", the letter says.

This order which closed all in-person dining, fitness facilities and personal care services in Ontario is in effect likely until the end of April.

Dr. Lawrence Loh in Peel Region issued a Section 22 order to close schools to in-person learning in Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga for at least two weeks, beginning Tuesday.

The province also didn't share statistics on Good Friday, but on Saturday reported there had been more than 3,000 cases of COVID-19 for two consecutive days. According to the Ontario government website, there are now 2,028 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 14 days.

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The EMA has so far maintained the benefits of the AstraZeneca jab in protecting against the coronavirus outweigh any risks. Mr Cavaleri said they are still trying to understand where exactly this link comes from.

Three teachers' unions also asked the government to close schools for in-class learning in virus hot spots and offer vaccines to education workers.

York Region has said they will not be closing schools at this time because "COVID-19 transmission in schools in York Region remains low".

In a Twitter thread, Etches said she is "in the process of reviewing the COVID data in schools to advise on an approach to take for schools in Ottawa".

"And again, we have to focus on where we see the problem three regions, York, Peel, in Toronto represents 60 per cent of the COVID cases".

However, Dr. Wang said Region of Waterloo Public Health will continue to monitor our local situation closely and will take additional actions as required.

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