‘ To safeguard our most vulnerable, to protect what matters most, we have to get the neighborhood spread under control,’ states the premier.
These were Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s opening remarks at a COVID-19 instruction on Nov. 20.
Well, good afternoon. Dr. Yaffe and Dr. Huyer explained the other day nearly 80 percent of the cases reported over the previous couple of days are from regions now in the red control zone. Throughout the province in the recently, hospitalizations have actually increased by 22 per cent. Intensive care unit admissions grew by almost 50 percent.
We are now teetering on the edge of having to delay scheduled surgical treatments. In truth, some medical facilities like Scarborough Health Network have actually already had to delay surgical treatments.
My pals, I have actually been clear on this. The scenario is extremely serious and additional action is needed to prevent the worst-case situation where the rate of the neighborhood spread is the greatest, the risk to our schools, our long-lasting care homes, medical facilities, is the best. We can not put in-class learning at danger. We can’t run the risk of extensive outbreaks in our long-term care homes. We can not run the risk of frustrating our medical facilities.
To secure our most vulnerable, to protect what matters most, we have to get the community spread under control. We’ve taken decisive action to slow the spread out by presenting public health limitations, increasing screening, contact tracing and enforcement.
However this infection, it spreads like wildfire. And in certain parts of the province, it’s spreading at a worrying rate in the community.
So after extensive assessment with the chief medical officer of health and the general public Health Steps Table, effective Monday, Nov. 23, at 12: 01 a.m., Toronto and Peel will be moved into lockdown. Minister Elliott will walk you through the information in a minute.
My buddies, I understand these past couple of months have been very hard. COVID tiredness is embeding in on everybody. I’ve seen the strength of our people, and it’s up to each and every one of us to identify our future, to compose the next chapter of our history. And all of us have a part to play.
We should all rally around our company and our neighbours today. We need to support them. Our federal government will exist to do our part. We will spare no cost to support these companies. Today, we’re doubling our assistances for businesses affected by these procedures.
I have actually directed that up to $600 million in relief be made available immediately to assist these companies with repaired costs– including assistance with their hydro expenses and residential or commercial property taxes.
Please shop regional. Please remember that you can buy the precise same item from a regional store.
So please, folks, prevent panic-buying right now. Please prevent panic-buying right now.
I know this is hard news today. Please stick together.