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Ontario lowering thresholds for stricter COVID-19 measures under new tiered system

Hamilton, and Peel and York regions will move to the red alert level

November 13, 2020  The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Ontario is lowering the thresholds for imposing stricter COVID-19 measures under its colour-coded framework in light of what Premier Doug Ford calls “alarming” new projections.

The changes mean several regions — including Hamilton, and Peel and York regions — will move to the red alert level, the most restrictive short of a lockdown.

But Ford warned the most recent modelling shows the province is “staring down the barrel of another lockdown.”

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The move comes a day after health authorities unveiled new projections that showed the province is on track to see 6,500 new daily COVID-19 cases by the middle of next month.

Ford said yesterday he would move ahead with further actions as soon as his public health advisers gave him the green light to do so.

The lower thresholds will take effect on Nov. 16, except for Toronto, which was already set to move to the red alert level on Nov. 14.

Ontario is reporting 1,396 new cases of COVID-19 today, with 17 deaths related to the virus.

The new case total is a decrease from the Nov. 12 record daily high of 1,575.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 440 new cases in Toronto, 440 in Peel and 155 in York Region.

Elliott also says there are 1,018 more resolved cases and 40,509 tests completed.

There are 452 people in hospital due to COVID-19, 106 in intensive care, and 67 on ventilators.