There are 417 new cases of Covid-19 in Ontario and three more died on Thursday.
The number of people receiving treatment for Kovid-related illness in the intensive care units in the province rose from 153 to 158, an increase on the second day. About 64 percent of patients require ventilators.
Critical Care Services Ontario says 13 adults with Covid-related symptoms were admitted to ICUs on Wednesday, and 153 in seven days of Covid-19 patients in ICUs.
Meanwhile, a steady decline of new cases, which began around September 5, continued with today’s figures. The seven-day average of daily cases has dropped to 476, the lowest point since mid-August.
These developments came after the News first reported that the Ontario government would announce plans next week to exit the ‘reopening roadmap’. A further government official said on Wednesday that further easing of the epidemic would include ending the capacity limit at all places with vaccination requirements, such as restaurants, bars and gyms.
The officer declined to say when the relaxed actions would take effect. Dr. Kerr is the scientific director of the Covid-19 Science Advisory Table in Ontario. Peter Johnny, said it was the highlight of the project.
In an interview with Radio Metro Morning Johnny said Thursday that the province must wait at least three weeks before making any further changes. That’s why the government announced last Friday that it would remove the capacity limit in some key locations, but continues to impose restrictions on small businesses, calling it a “trial” for Johnny.
“Now, the thing is, nobody knows how it affects infectious disease. We have to wait three weeks to find out what’s going on, and then make the next step. But I know the pressure is too high,” he said.
Policy changes were immediately challenged by small business groups such as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
Critics called on the province to explain its rationale as restaurants, gyms, yoga and dance studios, swimming and martial arts venues, and bowling gallows continue to limit their clientele to 50 percent. Similarly, restaurants must maintain two meters of physical space between tables.
Johnny said he would like to see the government wait until any potential impacts of capacity are shifted to key locations in epidemic data. He said he has particular concerns about lifting distance measures in restaurants.
Ontario is not currently experiencing exponential growth in new cases.
“We are in a place right now. If we don’t go ahead and keep doing what we are doing – put on a mask and put vaccine certificates in place – all of these things can work well. But we have to be prepared for things to change very quickly.”
Johnny said that if new cases start to double every eight or nine days, the capacity limit may need to be reinstated in some settings.
He said the forecast for the coming winter is complicated. Given the current level of vaccination coverage in Ontario, about 83 percent of those aged 12 and older can find it difficult to plan how to deal with spending too much time indoors, he said.
126 new school-related cases reported
Here are some other important epidemiological indicators and statistics Daily Provincial Update of the Ministry of Health:
Cases for the new school: 126. About 93 percent of students. Four of the 4,844 publicly funded schools in Ontario are closed because of Kovid-19.
Inspections have been completed in the last 24 hours: 35,421, 1.5 percent positive rate
Active cases:4,022, roughly one-third of the public school system.
Vaccines: 28,756 doses were administered by public health units on Wednesday. For the second day, more than 10,000 of them were first shots.