Ford is "very confident" about schools reopening as daily coronavirus cases surpass 100

Aug 24 2020, 10:58 am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he is “very confident” with schools reopening as the province’s daily COVID-19 cases have been surpassing 100 recently.

“I’m very confident on reopening schools,” Ford said during the press briefing on Monday. “We have the safest, most cautious plan. I’m happy to see some premiers are adopting this plan.”

But, Ford said he is watching the coronavirus cases “like a hawk” and noted that of Monday’s 105 new cases, around 70 of them were from Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel Region.

The new case numbers are a slight decrease from Sunday’s 115Saturday’s 108 reported cases, and down from Friday’s total of 131, which accounts for unreported cases from the previous day.

“Take away those three regions and the province and people are doing great, we’d have 30 cases. So for these large urban areas, we just have to keep an eye on it,” Ford added.

And when asked about schools having a staggered start time, the premier said he wanted to be there and support school boards, as restarting school for two million students is not an easy task.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce was also in agreement, saying the provincial government has an “obligation to get this right” and to give the school boards “those additional days to get it right and have a positive start.”

On Friday, the Toronto District School Board approved a plan to have a staggered start to their year and to delay classes by one week. It still needs to be approved by the province.

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