Ford to make announcement following Ontario's new COVID-19 projections

Apr 16 2021, 7:13 am

Ontario Premier Doug Ford will make an announcement today alongside several cabinet members following a briefing from affiliates of the province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

The Advisory will present updated projections on the provinces’ ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic at 1 pm.

The premier is expected to reveal new restrictions for Ontarians as cases of COVID-19 continue to spike. On Friday, Ontario reported 4,812 new COVID-19 infections, marking the third time this week a daily case record has been broken.

Ford’s press conference on Friday comes a week after Ontario entered a second Stay-at-Home order and cases reach a weekly average of 4,208 — 36% higher than last week’s average. Hospitals and intensive care units also continue to fill with the most COVID-19 patients ever.

Ford’s cabinet met on Thursday but wouldn’t directly say if they were discussing new measures and restrictions. Responding to a reporter’s question about implementing a curfew, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones was vague.

“We discuss many issues, including the most pressing issues that are facing the province of Ontario. I’m obviously not going to speculate on the topics or the outcomes,” she said at Queen’s Park.

Ford is scheduled to begin his remarks at 4 pm. He’ll be joined by provincial Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, and Minister of Labor Monte McNaughton.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Ford’s new press conference time of 4 pm.

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