Dec 30, 2021

By Jane Brown

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COVID-19 daily case counts continue to break records across Canada.

Confirmed new infections yesterday set pandemic highs here in Ontario, as well as in Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Quebec continues to have the most cases at 13,000 new infections on Wednesday, with Ontario second at 10,400.

Details of a plan in Quebec to allow vaccinated health-care staff who test positive for COVID-19 back on the job have been released.

They may return after seven days if they have no symptoms. In addition, workers exposed to COVID outside their homes no longer automatically need to isolate.

And while parents in Ontario wait on news whether children may return to in person learning next week, a phased-in approach has been announced in British Columbia.

A decision on the Ontario school plan could be made today with word Premier Doug Ford is set to meet with his cabinet ministers today before a 3pm announcement by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kieran Moore.

“Right now, if I look at the evidence, there’s no reason to keep schools closed, but I can’t tell you what will happen,” explained Dr. Peter Juni on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with guest host Jane Brown.

As the scientific director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, Dr. Juni says there is an awareness of the damage done because of earlier school closures.

Listen for Dr. Juni’s full hour long conversation by clicking here.

The opposition leaders at Queen’s Park meantime are calling for clarity from the government on how schools can safely remain open.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the holiday period could have been used to make plans for regular testing, better masks and improved ventilation.

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca is calling for mandatory COVID vaccinations for students, among other measures.

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