Ford warns Ontarians to be “very careful” after declaration of third wave of COVID-19 in province

Ford warns Ontarians to be

TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford is warning Ontarians to be “very careful” and “not to let their guard down for a second” after the province’s science advisers declared a third wave of COVID-19.
Ford made the comments Tuesday afternoon when making an announcement at Humber College in Toronto about a first nursing degree.

On Tuesday morning, the Ontario Scientific Advisory Table on COVID-19, which provides independent advice and analysis to the Progressive Conservative government, said parts of the province are now seeing “exponential growth” in the number of news COVID-19 infections and that the province has entered a third wave.

The group also said new data shows that worrying variants are now leading to pandemic growth, accounting for 733 of the 1,489 total cases reported on March 15.

When asked about a third wave of infections in Ontario, Ford said he had been briefed on the news from the science table and that he “still respects” what they say.

Ford added that he will meet with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams to discuss the increase in the number of cases, but his message to Ontarians right now is to remain “very careful”.

“Yes, we are seeing the rollout of vaccinations,” said Ford. “But we can’t let our guard down for a second. We need to make sure that we socially distance ourselves, constantly wear a mask, and follow the leader’s protocols. doctor. ”

“We cannot let our guard down. I would be very, very careful going forward. ”

On Monday, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) first declared the province had entered a third wave of COVID-19.

The OHA said that the variants of concern are on the rise and the number of patients in intensive care is on the rise.

“We are now in the third wave,” said the OHA, adding that “strong adherence to public health measures is urgently needed to avoid overwhelming hospitals.”

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr David Williams said on Monday the province was “in this base of a third wave” and modelers were assessing the situation.

” What does that mean? What is his size? That is to be determined, ”said Williams.

Williams added that Ontario is in a “race against time” with COVID-19 vaccine rates and worrisome infection variants increasing at the same time.

With files from the Canadian Press


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