“Now it’s up to me to do what is necessary,” Ford said Friday, adding that in addition to restricting border crossings with Manitoba and Quebec, it has also closed playgrounds, golf courses, basketball courts and other outdoor sports facilities with a host of other measures . On Saturday, Mr Ford wrote on Twitter that the rules would be changed to allow playgrounds to be reopened. The schools were closed last week due to a late March break. But the government had said Monday that they would be closed indefinitely for personal learning.
The measures announced on Friday met with criticism, including from public health experts, the Toronto Mayor and several law enforcement agencies, including the Toronto Police Service, which said on Twitter that “no random stops are made to people or cars”. There were also concerns that asking the police to impose such measures could lead to the profiling of the breed.
“I know you are all sick of Covid-19,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday when he urged Canadians to obey the rules of their provinces. “We all just want to be done with it.”
Emergency rooms, especially in Ontario, as well as intensive care units, reach their breaking points. To ease the burden, children’s hospitals in Ottawa and Toronto opened their intensive care beds to adults.
Many factors are behind the rising numbers. Among them is the arrival of more infectious variants of the virus. An outbreak of P. 1, the variant first found in Brazil, spread throughout British Columbia and then Alberta. Manitoba discovered its first case of the variant this week.
And the vaccine campaign is successful: Moderna is cutting its vaccine shipments to Canada and other countries, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which has not yet arrived in Canada, has undergone a security clearance.
Pfizer will sell another eight million doses of BioNTech’s vaccine to Canada, half of which will arrive next month and all of which will arrive by the end of July.