Ontario is suspending its plan to lift capacity limits in remaining high-risk settings “out of caution as province monitors public health trends.”
Capacity limits and physical distancing will remain in place for the time being for nightclubs, event spaces where there is dancing (for example, those that host wedding receptions), strip clubs and other such places where proof of vaccination is required.
The limits were to be lifted on November 15. Instead, the province now says it will monitor the data for 28 days from that point to determine when it is safe to proceed with lifting the limits within those parameters.
“While Ontario has continued to make progress with its safe and cautious approach to reopening, there is a need to take this deliberate break as the winter recess approaches where more people will begin to congregate indoors. and where the students will return inside. learning in the classroom in January after celebrating with friends and family, âChief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore said in a press release Wednesday.
As the weather cools, Moore told a press conference, infection rates will likely vary or increase over the next few months.
At present, transmission occurs mainly in the younger age groups and among the unvaccinated, he said, adding that higher infection rates are seen among the age group of 20 to 39 years in social settings where there are close contacts.
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“This virus is not going to go away,” Moore warned, urging anyone not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Moore also said he was “baffled” to hear that some establishments do not ask customers to show their QR codes, recalling that there can be fines of several thousand dollars if they are caught not. use vaccine verification processes.
On a related note, Moore was asked about the use of counterfeit vaccine certificates at larger venues such as sports arenas and stadiums, but the Chief Medical Officer of Health did not immediately commit to removing the use of old certificates without a QR code.
But Ontario will not take “backwards” steps, he said, adding that rising infection rates will be tackled through regional public health measures.
7-day average in daily cases again greater than 500
The news comes as the province reported 454 new cases of COVID-19 and nine more disease-related deaths on Wednesday, with the seven-day average of daily infections surpassing 500.
Wednesday’s case count is a 20% increase from the same time last week, when Ontario recorded 378 new infections, and marks a 10th consecutive day of week-over-week jumps.
The seven-day average climbed to 503, a level last seen in mid-October. As of Wednesday, the seven-day average was 379.
The most recent estimate from the Ontario COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table is that as of November 5, cases were doubling every 17 days. Dr Peter JÃ¼ni, scientific director of the table, previously said the number of cases becomes of particular concern when it doubles every seven to eight days.
Although there has been a recent increase in new infections, the burden of COVID-19 on hospitals has remained relatively stable. As of Tuesday, 136 patients were being treated for COVID-related illnesses in intensive care units across the province.
Meanwhile, nine more deaths were reported on Wednesday, bringing the official toll to 9,912.
Here are some key indicators and figures of the pandemic of Daily provincial update from the Ministry of Health:
Tests in the previous 24 hours: 33,364, with a positivity rate of 1.8% province-wide.
Active cases: 4.053.
Vaccination: 15,257 doses were administered by public health units on Tuesday. Almost 85.3 percent of eligible Ontarians received two injections.