Jan 18, 2022

By Christine Ross

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Doug Ford says the province may announce a reduction in restrictions later this week even as the province set a new daily record for COVID hospitalizations at nearly 4,200. In a Tuesday interview, the Premier said he hates putting public health measures in place and that there will soon be some positive news on that front.

The head of Ontario’s Science Advisory Panel is encouraging any reopening be done slowly and Dr. Peter Juni is also projecting some promising developments.

“I believe now that we could actually see a peak of hospital occupancy this week, this would be excellent,” said Dr. Peter Juni, a frequent guest on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer.

The province announced on January 3 that, due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant driving up infections and hospitalizations, restrictions would be placed on businesses until at least January 26.

Restaurants were ordered closed for indoor dining, museums, zoos and other such attractions were shut down, as were gyms, indoor recreation facilities, cinemas and indoor concert venues, while retail settings and personal care services were capped at 50 per cent capacity.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health said last week that he is watching for a peak or plateau of COVID-19 hospitalizations, and he can’t guarantee the province will be ready to ease the restrictions on the 26th.

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