Six-point plan released by province to fight COVID-19 variants

Six-point plan released by province to fight COVID-19 variants

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced a similar policy to test global visitors earlier Friday, but Ford argued the province couldn't afford to wait the several weeks expected before the federal plan is implemented.

Mandatory Testing of Travelers: To address the risks associated with variants of concern to the health of Ontarians, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is issuing a Section 22 order under Section 77.1 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act, mandating on-arrival testing for worldwide travellers at Toronto Pearson global Airport effective at 12:01 a.m. on February 1, 2021 and exploring additional testing measures at Pearson global Airport and land border crossings in the coming weeks.

Ford also said that the province will be exploring additional testing measures at the airport and land border crossings in the coming weeks. "That's why I have advocated for these changes and enhanced federal quarantine enforcement, why the GTHA Mayors and Chairs supported stricter travel measures earlier this week, and why I have supported Premier Ford's calls for mandatory testing at our airports", he said. Williams says initial new data shows those benchmarks are higher with the United Kingdom variant.

"This plan will act as a first line of defence against new variants of this virus", Ford said. Ontario has detected 52 cases of the particularly concerning variant first discovered in the United Kingdom since December 26.

Anyone who refuses to get the mandatory test will be fined $750, according to Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliott. Today's actions are being put into place in case the federal government plan falls short of Ford's expectations, sources say. "We need to screen every single person coming into the country, and into Ontario".

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Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said the figures that his health team will be taking into account when assessing when to open things up again also include things like ICU admissions and capacity, and that the original goals set were in regards to the regular COVID-19 strain. This new measure will take effect as of February 3, 2021. The declared provincial emergency and stay-at-home order were recently extended until February 9.

The 73 additional deaths brings the provincial total to 6,145.

Strengthen case and contact management - continue supporting public health units to ensure cases and contacts are reached as soon as possible and monitored through their quarantine period.

A related plan will see Ontario work with tech company DNAstack to establish a "genomics databank" for use by public health authorities.

One element of the plan involves maintaining public health measures, though the implications remained unclear.

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