Toronto schools to close tomorrow for in-person learning until April 18

Toronto schools to close tomorrow for in-person learning until April 18

Provincial governments are grappling with how to bring the third wave of COVID-19 under control, as the more virulent variants of the virus begin to dominate and younger, healthier people are getting very sick, very quickly.

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.

"Concerningly, much of the increased transmission we're seeing in the last little while is driven by social gatherings where people are disregarding our provincial safety precautions for lot of reasons", Henry said.

"We will continue to be transparent with the doses that we receive into the country, how they are distributed to the provinces and how they are administered", she said.

"I know people are doing their best and we have to deal with what we have right now".

Of the active cases, 318 individuals are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 96 of whom are in intensive care.

The province has not closed schools, but local public health chiefs in Toronto, Peel and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph ordered all schools closed until at least April 19. The school sent a note to parents Monday, obtained by CTV News Ottawa, that said it would be closed April 6 through April 9, and will shift to online learning. There's real distress that results when schools are closed.

"Cases go up when children are not in school and that's a downside impact on families".

However they said they continue to "closely monitor" the situation in schools and will close individual schools as necessary. There are now 1,062 schools with at least one case of the virus and 83 schools are now closed due to an outbreak.

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Details of the deaths come as several European countries have paused the use of the jab over a potential link to blood clots. The authority indicated that "the risk of developing this specific type of blood clots is very small".

Ontario's Premier says added restrictions are on the horizon, perhaps as early as Wednesday, admitting that the recently imposed "emergency brake" may not be enough to contain the third wave.

The closure of Toronto schools comes amid a chorus of calls from teacher unions for the government to do more to protect teachers.

Teachers have also argued that they should be prioritized for vaccinations if they are required to teach in the classroom. "This has been a very, very long year".

She said the numbers in schools have been trending upward for the past two weeks. "You have to turn attention on the whole province, but we're really focusing on the hot areas".

Ontario is also moving into a second phase of its vaccination campaign, which includes inoculating essential workers who can not work from home, people with high-risk health conditions and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the virus.

"That's a huge step for anybody to take", Wolfe said.

In a letter issued to Dr. David Williams, the three top doctors are urging the cabinet to review businesses now defined as essential, implement staffing limits of not more than 50 percent, and impose travel restrictions between regions within Ontario.

The cumulative number of school-related cases in Ontario stands at 13,498 according to the latest figures available from the province.

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