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More health restrictions ‘not off the table’: Health Minister Christine Elliott

Reported by Mo Fahim

Ontario’s Deputy Premier Christine Elliott says the current bump in daily COVID-19 cases province-wide is no surprise.

Elliott says the provincial government knows that the numbers have gone up, and that it anticipated it would happen as the weather turned colder driving more people indoors.

“(Chief Medical Officer of Health) Dr. (Kieran) Moore anticipated that would happen and so what we are seeing right now are largely regional outbreaks which we’re going to be dealing with regionally, so we are taking steps and we’re going to be monitoring it each and every day,” she says.

Elliott says if cases do take a sharper jump, more restrictions are not off the table.  In the meantime, she says any regional restrictions would primarily be up to local Medical Officers of Health, because they know their areas very well and would know where the outbreaks may be happening and what steps need to be taken.

However, she adds that any steps are always taken in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and his team.


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