Doug Ford’s latest coronavirus update: “You saved thousands of lives” (Full Transcript)


“The figures clearly show that we have collectively saved thousands of lives … But we also know that we cannot stop now,” said the Prime Minister.

Yesterday I said that you deserve to see the same numbers. You deserve to have the same information as I do. I have asked our senior officials, some of the brightest minds we have, to provide you with a full briefing on the latest situation. I asked our experts to provide you with the same briefing, the same information to which I have access as Prime Minister.

I want to thank Drs. Anderson, Donnelly, Williams and Brown. These are some of the incredible experts who work with us, and today you have seen drastic figures. These figures are striking and sobering. They tell a story. These figures tell about Ontario’s fight against COVID-19. And the reality is that the first chapters of our history have already been written. And there are things that elude everyone.

But what matters is that the end of our story depends on us. And if we work together, we can write the last chapter in our history. Because these forecasts are projections, and they can change – with your actions and with the actions of government.

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We are seeing today that we can reduce these numbers. We can slow the gap and flatten the curve. Right now, at the end of this month, we could see up to 80,000 people in Ontario with this terrible virus. More than 1,600 people could have died in late April. It’s 50 a day, or two people an hour. Everyone could be your brother, sister, mother, father, grandparent, or a friend. This virus could affect any of you or your loved ones because it does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter your race, religion or belief. No matter your age. Everyone and everyone is in danger.

We all have to ask ourselves, what is the cost of a life? Is a life worth a picnic in a park? Is a life worth going to the beach? Is a life worth having a few with your buddies in the basement? The answer is no. None of these things is worth as much as a life.

So for everyone in Ontario, we have to listen. We have to listen to what the data tells us. We need to act. We must take these warnings seriously. I cannot overemphasize this point. The situation is extremely serious.

And we have to recognize that the numbers also show that everything we’ve done so far, everything we’ve done together from the start, is working. And thank you to everyone who listens to the advice of our healthcare professionals. Stay at home, keep your distance, and do what you can to contain the virus.

The figures clearly show that we have collectively saved thousands of lives. You have saved thousands of lives.

But we also know that we cannot stop now. There are 1,600 people who need us to do everything we can in the next 30 days to save them. My government is ready to take all possible measures.

And today I ask you to do the same. We move as quickly as possible and act immediately when the data changes. And today we are taking additional steps to flatten the curve. We are announcing the closure of many other sectors of the economy.

I could tell you that it was not an easy task. I know that companies find it difficult to stay afloat in these rough waters. But lives are at stake. And we need to take this action now. It is extremely difficult to obtain, enormously difficult to compare and extremely complicated to use to map trends.

As of Saturday, April 4 at 11:59 p.m., we will be ordering the closure of additional workplaces. All industrial construction, with the exception of critical industrial construction, will only interrupt necessary infrastructure projects such as hospitals and transportation. No new residential construction will begin.

The few sites that remain open will be placed under the highest level of control possible. We will continue to fight for inspections.

We added more than 60 new inspectors. We have hundreds of inspectors every day. In the past week, we have completed over 583 inspections, we have closed five construction sites and we will not hesitate to close more because the health and safety of all Ontarians is my number one priority.

And if we step back, we can fully understand what it cost us to fight this terrible virus. What it cost us as a province and as a people. We have all had to make huge sacrifices, and nothing more than our frontline health workers. But everyone had to pay a price in this war. Daily life has stopped. Businesses, workers have lost their livelihood. And with today’s closings, we have told the vast majority of Ontario’s workforce to stay home.

We had to do the unthinkable. Within two weeks, we were forced to close the vast majority of workplaces in Ontario. We have had to shut down most of our economy. We were forced to limit public gatherings, we had to close our schools, we had to isolate ourselves, we had to make difficult choices, extreme sacrifices.

But my friends, when I saw these projections, when I saw how many lives we have been able to save so far as a province, I know we have all done the right thing. And I know we’d all start over in the blink of an eye. Because nothing is worth more than a life.

So please, this weekend will be nice outside, and I know it’s hard to do, I know how difficult it is, but please stay home. Help us write an end to our story that we can look back at, that our future generations can look back at and be proud of.

Thank you and God bless the people of Ontario.


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