Top public health doctors call for stay-at-home orders in letter to Williams
The new variants are both more transmissible and lead to more severe illnesses, Ontario data shows.
New Brunswick has 168 active reported COVID-19 cases and 14 people in hospital with the disease, including eight in intensive care.
However, "the same measures that we take make a difference in preventing that transmission, and we have the measures in place that we know will work", she added.
"What we've seen is not an increase in hospitalization as the result of more cases, about the same proportion of people are being hospitalized as before".
"We are ready to go", Ford said. "Unnecessary travel and social gatherings are fuelling the fire for variant-of-concern transmission, and we all have the ability to slow that down".
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, today (April 5) issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the COVID-19 response in British Columbia.
"We made a massive move last week by basically shutting down the entire province", Ford said. "We need to work together on this and pull it back down".
Since we last reported, we have had 579 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 986 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 100 in the Island Health region, 129 in the Interior Health region, 95 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.
Henry announced 1,068 new test-positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the province to 105,988.
In an effort to curb rising COVID-19 cases and ICU admissions, non-essential retail stores will be restricted to curbside pickup only according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. About 22 per cent of schools now have at least one reported case, while 83 schools, or 1.7 per cent of Ontario 4,828 publicly funded schools, are closed due to COVID-19. The remaining people with COVID-19 are recovering at home in self-isolation. Those figures were provisional and have since been confirmed as 1,074 cases over April 1 to 2 and 1,077 cases over April 2 to 3. The province has four active reported cases. This includes 2,838 cases of the B.1.1.7 (U.K.) variant, 51 cases of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant and 877 cases of the P.1 (Brazil) variant.
The new cases are among 1,068 new coronavirus cases found across the province over the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial total to 105,988 cases since the pandemic began.