Ontario Considering Stricter Measures as Models Predicting Up to 18,000 COVID-19 Cases Per Day by May

In response to record high COVID-19 cases in Ontario, Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet is actively considering a variety of stricter measures as COVID-19 modelling shows the province could see up to 18,000 new infections per day by the end of May if current trends continue.

Sources tell CTV News Toronto and CP24 the latest data, which is expected to be released on Friday, shows that based on Ontario’s current trends there could be between 12,000 to 18,000 new daily infections by the end of May, with up to 1,800 patients in intensive care.

The measures under consideration include shutting down construction to just critical infrastructure projects and placing limits on non-essential manufacturing and warehousing. Additional restrictions on religious services are also being considered by the cabinet.

Ontario is also considering fining business owners if non-essential staff attend work in person. The government is also considering further restrictions on retail.

Ontario could also step up enforcement of its ongoing stay-at-home order.

While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones wouldn’t confirm if a curfew was on the table but expressed her concern over the riots in Montreal after one was implemented there.

Jones also expressed her frustration at the number of people she says are defying the province’s stay-at-home order.

“I am concerned when I see photos of people who are clearly not socially distancing in parks,” Jones said. “I am concerned when I see that there are lineups unnecessarily and people are not respecting the stay-at-home order … We have to get better.”

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