Ford Is Extending Ontario’s State Of Emergency For Two More ‘Critical’ Weeks (VIDEO)
Don't plan on any provincial re-openings just yet.
Get used to closures and self-isolation, Ontarians. Premier Doug Ford delivered his latest update on COVID-19 in Ontario on Monday afternoon and announced that he will be extending the province's state of emergency by another two weeks as a minimum. The initial urgent period was set to end on Tuesday, March 31.
Back on March 17, which seems a lot longer ago than a fortnight,as a result of the spread of the pandemic.
That initial order included the shuttering of facilities like libraries,, childcare centres, , and cinemas.
Since then, both the case numbers and the responses to those numbers have progressed rapidly.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Ford said he will extend that period by another two weeks.
Not only that, but he admitted the province is already planning for that to be a rolling two-week renewal.
So, if emergency status is considered to still be necessary in another two weeks' time, it will be extended again by the same period.
The second stage of the emergency period is set to end on April 14, the day that the House of Commons is set to reconvene.
In the meantime, Ontarians can stay up to speed on COVID-19 by visiting
In the daily briefing, Ford also insisted that he and provincial staff will not be afraid to enforce harsher and more restrictive measures to prevent people from endangering themselves and others to the virus.
The language used by Ford seems to follow on from Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, who warned last week that.
On Friday, March 27,to cellphones, TVs, and radios across the province. It will not be the last, according to Ford.
Ford's words on Monday may not have been quite as strong as, but it's clear Ontario means business.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said on Monday that the country is getting close to having the data available toacross the country.
According to the new Ontario COVID-19 page, the province has run over 48,000 total tests for the virus. Over 1,700 cases have been confirmed, with 23 deaths and 431 resolved.
Interestingly, information about pending and negative tests has been removed from that site's homepage, thus effectively limiting the data on Ontario's backlog of cases.
Last week, the number of cases under investigation in Ontario