ONTARIO COVID UPDATE 'ONE OF OPTIMISM' SAYS TOP DOCTOR

Jun 14, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health offered a rosy update on the pandemic, calling the situation in the province “one of optimism”.

“Our ICU numbers are moving below 400, our cases counts are dropping, and we may see in the next day or so, numbers below 400 and this is really exciting,” said Dr. David Williams. “And provincial case rates are down to 29 cases per 100,000.”

Dr. David Williams didn’t offer a clear answer when asked the threshold needed to achieve herd immunity in light of the new highly infectious Delta variant. But he repeated that two vaccine doses are the best protection.

It would seem that Ontario will not follow Britain’s lead in delaying lifting some restrictions as the Delta variant spreads.

Dr. Williams says due to increased vaccinations, even the hot spots are keeping the variant at bay.

“We were expecting some areas that have had a large amount of Delta activity already in their jurisdictions almost a month ago, that we would see an increase in hospitalizations, ICU admissions etc. and we have not seen that.”

Ontario is reporting 447 new cases.

110 are in Toronto, 61 in Peel Region , 56 in Waterloo and 29 in Durham Region.

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