Ontario records 4,812 cases of COVID 19 Friday; premier considering more restrictions


Ontario registered another 4,812 people with COVID-19 Friday, including eight new cases in Lambton.

The province released the figures this morning noting another 29 people died of COVID-19 over night.

Lambton Public Health says there are now 114 people ill with COVID-19, down five and another 13 people have recovered.

The Ontario cabinet is meeting this hour to consider what to do next. Media reports say new public health data shows the pandemic worsening with up to 10,000 cases a day projected without any further intervention. Multiple news outlets are also reporting Ontario is reaching out to the federal government and provincial leaders for help to deal with the rising tide of people going into intensive care units.

There are 1,955 people in hospital with COVID-19 across the province; 701 are in intensive care.

The Canadian Medical Association is calling on a federal response to the situation in Ontario, with the “deployment of resources to where they are needed to save the most lives.” It also wants the federal government to prioritize provinces which are struggling with the virus.

The Ontario Long Term Care Association has suggested hospital patients should be sent to their homes which currently have 6,000 empty beds.

Ontario’s Science Table will release its projections at 1 pm today. The premier is expected to announce the province’s response, including any new restrictions, at 2:30 pm.