COVID-19 cases continue to rise day after day in Ontario and depending on what the government decides today more regions could be returned to the modified second phase of the provincial reopening plan.
Rodrigo Diaz M.
According to experts, this week will be crucial in Ontario’s battle with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yesterday’s figures, which included 1,042 new COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths due to the disease, broke the previous day’s peak of 978 new positive cases.
Today 851 cases of COVID-19 were reproached.
Provincial figures showed 278 people hospitalized in Ontario due to the virus, including 79 in intensive care.
“While I don’t think it’s appropriate to react to daily variation, the trend continues to go in the wrong direction,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious disease specialist and researcher at Toronto General Hospital.
Bogoch said the source of the recent spike was not entirely clear, but pointed to possible factors, including the Thanksgiving festivities that took place two weeks ago. The incubation period for COVID-19 is believed to be about 14 days.
Tighter public health restrictions went into effect around the same time in provincial infection hotspots such as Ottawa, Toronto and the neighboring Peel region around the same time, but Bogoch said those measures don’t produce immediate results.
He also admitted that the recent increase in the number of cases is not surprising, noting that the true effectiveness of the latest round of public health measures could be seen in the coming days.
“I think next week will be very revealing, to tell us in which direction we are headed and if the province will take more measures to control the spread,” he said.
Toronto, the Peel region and Ottawa were again pushed back to a modified version of the second stage of Ontario’s pandemic recovery plan amid a surge in the number of cases, which the region joined last Monday. York from the Toronto area.
Nearby Halton and Durham regions spent the weekend waiting for news on whether the new measures would affect their daily lives next Monday.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Friday that officials are watching the number of cases in those regions with concern, promising an announcement later today on whether the areas would join other provincial hot spots in the modified second stage.
Politicians in the Halton region appealed to provincial officials for specific restrictions rather than general rules.
Bogoch said the Halton politicians’ request for specific measures is not unreasonable, as long as the provincial response is guided by the data.