Ontario to announce new COVID-19 measures, release updated projections today

OTTAWA — The Ontario government is expected to announce new COVID-19 measures today as well as updated projections for the pandemic’s progression over the next several weeks.

Premier Doug Ford and his cabinet met last night to consider new restrictions amid skyrocketing infection rates.

The premier hasn’t indicated what the new rules could be, but he has previously suggested the current provincial lockdown may need to be extended past its original end date of Jan. 23.

Ontario’s associate medical officer of health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, said Monday the recommendations before cabinet did not include imposing a curfew, as has been done in Quebec.

The province’s most recent pandemic projections, made public late last month, showed that if COVID-19 case rates continued to grow between one and three per cent, the province would have 3,000 to 5,000 daily cases by the end of January.

Ontario has reported more than 3,000 cases daily for the last week, with 3,338 new cases reported Monday as well as 29 new deaths.

The province has now recorded more than 5,000 as a result of COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2021.

The Canadian Press