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Toronto/Canadian-Media: At a news conference Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that listening to the advise of the local health officials, stay-at-home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures are being extended in Toronto, Peel and North Bay-Parry Sound until at least March 8 citing COVID-19 rates that "still remain too high" and concerns over variants of the virus.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
"I know we're all tired. I know we have all sacrificed so much. But there is hope on the horizon," he said.
On Thursday Ford said that the province may grant the request made by Toronto and Peel, which logged 376 and 264 more cases of COVID-19 in today's update from the Ministry of Health. York Region reported another 108 cases.
"Our government's number one priority is the safety of all individuals and families, and that's why we are taking a gradual, cautious approach to returning regions to the Framework," said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott in a statement.
"These are difficult but necessary decisions, in order to protect against COVID-19 variants and maintain the progress we have all made together. Until vaccines are widely available, we continue to urge all Ontarians to follow public health advice and measures, and stay home, stay safe, and save lives."