Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford is seen through the eyepiece of the television camera attending a press conference at the Queens Park Legislature in Toronto on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The province announced further lockdown restrictions on its recent efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Chris Young
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford will speak on Monday afternoon about the third wave of coronavirus in the province as the number of cases has broken twice in the past seven days and hospitals are increasingly tense.
To cope with the increasing burden, GTA hospitals have largely stopped non-emergency operations, evacuated dozens of patients to other areas of Ontario, and expanded their capacities by bringing in non-ICU doctors and nurses to help in intensive care units in which they have not yet been trained for.
They have also received provincial permission to transfer patients to other over-capacity hospitals, even if they cannot get that patient’s consent.
There are also at least four temporary field hospital units set up in the GTA, mostly for less severe patients who need supplemental oxygen.
Meanwhile, the public school system in Ontario is allowed to continue functioning during the April Emergency Ordinance, but health officials in Toronto, Peel, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph have ordered all schools in their jurisdictions to be closed until at least April 18 due to rampant infections.
Ford is headed by Secretary of Health Christine Elliott and Secretary of Education Stephen Lecce, and Chief Medical Officer for Health Dr. Accompanied David Williams for the announcement, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
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