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The projection of 6,500 new daily cases was made two months ago - November 12, 2020. As of January 10, 2021, there have been 215,782 reported COVID-19 cases and 4,983 related deaths in Ontario. Today, in response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, "the real and looming threat of the collapse of the province's hospital system and alarming risks posed to long-term care homes", the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is declaring a second provincial emergency.

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household.

The new measures also include restricting the hours of operation for non-essential retail stores such as hardware stores to between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m..


Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario, responded  "Since the beginning of this pandemic we have been calling on the Premier to restore paid sick leave, to reduce class sizes, to provide rent relief, and to increase staffing and resources in long term care homes."

sources: Ontario News, GPO Leader's Office



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