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Are Ontario Toronto, Peel, York going grey?

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Published on February 16, 2021 with No Comments

Ontario is not so much reopening as it is “transitioning” to a colour-coded COVID-19 framework, Premier Doug Ford says.

As public health officials warn of a possible variant-fuelled third wave, but as daily case numbers drop below 1,000, Ford is under pressure from all sides to explain his government’s reopening decisions.
The province lifted stay-at-home orders Tuesday on 27 more public health units, placing many around the Greater Toronto area in the red zone.

“We have the most stringent protocols anywhere in the entire country and the most stringent restrictions anywhere in the country,” Ford said Tuesday, as the Ontario legislature resumed.

“Just keep in mind, when it comes to Peel, Toronto and York, it’s going to be up to the chief medical officer and the local medical officers if they want to open up and go into the grey-lockdown scenario on Feb. 22. But we won’t hesitate to pull on the brakes at any given time.”
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the economy is being reopened, regardless of Ford’s “transitioning” comment.

“Many, many of the experts that are advising the government are saying publicly that they think we’re reopening too fast and that the proper measures are not in place to prevent the third wave,” she said.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Christine Elliott said the government is expecting 157,000 new doses of the Pfizer vaccine Wednesday, but doesn’t know how much more Pfizer or Moderna will flow to Ontario.

“We don’t have a reliable supply chain at the moment,” she said.While it’s clear that vaccine supply is an issue, problems with getting all people in long-term care (LTC) vaccinated in a timely way are the result of failures by the Ford government, Horwath said.

“The minister of health actually suggested that that was because of the vaccine shortage — it was not,” she said. “It’s because the government wasn’t ready and didn’t put the effort or the money into planning for the vaccine rollout.”

 

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