COVID-19: Ontario Cabinet Considering Curfew, Construction Closures, Travel Restrictions

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As part of a series of measures in response to record-breaking cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, multiple sources say Global News Premier Doug Ford and members of his cabinet are considering measures such as a blanket -fire, travel restrictions and ordering the closure of certain construction-related activities.

The sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, warned that Thursday’s cabinet meeting deliberations are changing and the points under discussion are subject to change.

Consideration should also be given, according to the sources, to further tightening restrictions on non-essential retail sales and a reduction in curbside collection.

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Global News learned that Thursday’s cabinet meeting lasted about eight hours and that it will meet again on Friday morning for further discussions.

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News of an early announcement, expected Friday, came as Ontario reported an all-time high in new cases of COVID-19, 4736, earlier today.

At a press conference in Queen’s Park Thursday afternoon, Ontario’s deputy chief medical officer called the current situation “dire.”

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“I really wish I had better news for you today,” Dr Barbara Yaffe told reporters.

“I have been updating Ontarians for over a year now and in some of the previous press conferences I have characterized the situation as worrisome and even frightening. What’s really scary is that when I used those words before, our rates and trends were nowhere near where we are today. “

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Earlier today, the Ontario government reported 1,932 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 (up 55 from the previous day) with a record 659 patients in intensive care units (up of 17) and 442 patients in ventilated intensive care units).

On Monday, hospital staff across the province began cutting back on elective surgeries and elective procedures in a bid to preserve the capacity needed to treat other patients with COVID-19.

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Hospitals in northern Ontario were exempt from canceling elective procedures. However, a recent memo from Ontario Health indicated that staff at these facilities should be prepared to slow down quickly in the near future.

The memo also asked hospitals to identify staff who could be redeployed to other sites if necessary.

– With files from Gabby Rodrigues and the Canadian Press

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