Jun 03, 2021
By Christine Ross
We’re at a critical time in the pandemic according to Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Dr. David Williams says there’s been a rise in daily COVID cases over the last few days and the province is examining whether it’s a blip from the Victoria Day weekend, a trend or due to the new Delta variant.
“The data at the moment is less promising but we want to make sure we look at it early next week to have an idea of what it might be,” cautioned Dr. Williams who was asked about reopening the economy before June 14th. “If all our indicators are in a good position, we were looking for the week of June 14th and we’d like to see if we can improve on that but it really comes down to the numbers.”
Earlier, Health Minister Christine Elliott says Ontario may be able to begin stage one reopening several days sooner than the 14th, but not a full week earlier.
Ontario’s vaccine task force is considering allowing all age groups to book second COVID vaccine shots sooner to stay ahead of the Delta variant.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is imploring the government to prioritize second doses for hot spots like Peel.
But Minister Elliott says Peel is already receiving a large allocation of vaccines second only to Toronto and that each region is able to further prioritize neighbourhoods if it so chooses.
Peel’s medical officer of health says the Delta variant could become the dominate strain across that region in 4 weeks.