Ontario will release modelling data on “extremely serious” COVID-19 threat

Ontario’s top health officials will be releasing information about the modelling data and forecasts which shows the worst-case scenario for the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. “You deserve to know” was one of the key statements said by Premier Doug Ford during his daily address to Ontarians from Queen’s Park. 

“You deserve to know what I know when you’re making decisions for yourself, your family and your community,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford said.

The Premier of Ontario has announced that by this Friday April 3, 2020, Ontario health officials will provide a full briefing to the public regarding the severity of the COVID-19 threat and what the worst-case scenario may look like for the province. 

“Top doctors will provide an update on where Ontario was and where Ontario is and where Ontario could be,” the Premier said. 

“You need to have the best information. I know many people find this information hard to hear. The new reality is hard.”

At the moment, the government has based most of its health measures upon the projections of a “critical” situation where a surge of patients will need to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 in the next few weeks. 

Canada’s Different Approach from the United States to COVID-19 Predictions

In the United States, President Donald trump revealed a dramatic prediction from the White House which showed between 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

On the other hand, Canadian health officials, as well as the federal government, has taken a different approach to releasing predictions about the worst-case scenario projections of the pandemic. 

“We’re going to cause panic if we overestimate,” said Premier Doug Ford. “The worst-case scenario can get bad.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters at Rideau Cottage today that he understands that people want more details to plan accordingly and that the government will have this information soon. 

“I know a lot of people are still wondering when this will get better, or how much worse it might become,” said the Prime Minister. “You want to see the numbers and the predictions.”

“Those analyses depend directly on … Canadians’ behaviours,” said the Prime Minister reiterating his call for people to follow guidelines around measures like physical distancing and staying home.

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