Ford defends COVID-19 stay-at-home order and latest restrictions, asks for compliance

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COVID-19 ICU occupancy is now over 400 beds.

The order is part of Ontario's latest attempt to combat skyrocketing rates of COVID-19 that officials have warned are on track to overwhelm the health system. Surgeries are being cancelled and the access to care deficit will continue to increase with real consequences for health. Too many people are having too many contacts.

"There will be choices about who will get the care they need and who will not", said Brown. It will be in place for 28 days until Thursday February 11, 2021. Forecasts suggest more deaths in wave two in long-term care than in wave one.

Premier says he "couldn't be any clearer" as worst-case scenario predicts 15,000 cases a day.

Officials also said the United Kingdom variant of Covid-19 could be become the dominant variant in Ontario in less than two months if left unchecked.

According to the province, all non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction. "That's why we're ramping up our capacity on the ground to ensure these vaccines are administered quickly, beginning with the people who need them most".

Brown said the United Kingdom variant known as B.1.1.7, which is 56 per cent more transmissible according to recent studies, could accelerate case growth further.

Currently, the number of Ontarians infected with COVID-19 doubles every 35-40 days.

Public health officials have made recommendations to cabinet on what measures the province should undertake next.

Premier Doug Ford will announce the restrictions at 1 pm.

"Cases are at an all-time high with even more grim case projections coming in".

The premier's office added that the province has requested and is now receiving help in the form of military field hospitals, military logistics advisors to bolster the vaccine rollout, and Red Cross teams in a selection of long-term care facilities.

Instead of forcing everyone indoors at a certain time, as of 12:01 am Thursday, people will only be allowed to venture out for essential reasons like grocery shopping.

"Locally, there are 837 new cases in Toronto, 545 in Peel, 249 in York Region and 246 in Niagara".

Overall, total cases in Ontario grew to 222,203 cases with a further 186,829 cases reported as resolved.

Another 41 people have died since yesterday, bringing the provincial death toll to 5,053.

Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector and long-term care, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space.

There are now 261 long-term care homes in the province experiencing an outbreak.

Ontario has reported 14 cases of new variants in the province, but officials said what's more troubling is the discovery of three cases this week not linked to travel, which could indicate the variant is already in the community and spreading.

Earlier Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government is buying an additional 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, adding that Canada would have at least 80 million doses of vaccine available by fall.

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