Ontario issues emergency alert on new stay-at-home order to curb COVID-19
TORONTO – Ontarians have received emergency alerts on their cell phones, radios and TVs telling them to stay home.
The emergency message regarding the provincial stay home order, which came into effect today, was broadcast by the attorney general’s ministry over the provincial Alert Ready broadcast system.
The embassy encourages people to only leave their home for essential purposes such as food, health care, exercise, or work.
It is the latest attempt to communicate new public health measures that have come into effect today as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen.
The province used a similar emergency alert to announce the start of a stay at home order in January when COVID-19 cases were increasing at the time.
Premier Doug Ford announced the latest stay-at-home order on Wednesday, saying it was triggered by a surge in cases caused by more infectious varieties.
Stores selling goods such as groceries, cleaning supplies, and pharmacy products can remain open, but only to sell essential items.
Retail stores that are not strictly necessary can only be opened on the side of the road for pickup or delivery.
The province is declaring the third state of emergency since the pandemic began to invoke the new measures.
Ontario today reports 3,295 new cases of COVID-19 and 19 more deaths related to the virus.
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There are 933 new cases in Toronto, 649 in the Peel area and 386 in the York area, according to Health Secretary Christine Elliott.
She also says there are 165 new cases in the Durham area and 160 in Ottawa.
More than 63,800 tests have been completed since the last report.
In Ontario, 1,417 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, 525 of them in intensive care and 318 on a ventilator.
According to Ontario, 108,563 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the province since Wednesday’s report.
It is the second day in a row that more than 100,000 vaccines have been issued in the province.
A total of 2,834,784 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ontario to date.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 8, 2021.