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Ottawa, Sep 29 (Canadian-Media): Ontario is being warned by some physicians that its plans to ramp up efforts to prevent new infections will fall short amidst coronavirus transmission surge unless further measures are taken to curb community spread, media reports said.
Second wave of Covid-19. Image credit: Pixaby
700 new confirmed cases, were reported by Ontario on Sep 28, marking the highest one-day total since the pandemic began.
Amidst this increase, Ontario plans to boost testing capacity to 50,000 daily tests, while bringing on 1,000 more staff to manage cases and trace their contacts.
Toronto, the epicenter of Ontario's second surge of cases is lagging behind in testing and contact-tracing efforts on several fronts.
According to the latest Toronto Public Health data, more than half of people getting tested, on average, get their results after two days or more, and nearly half of the people who are tested positive aren't being reached by contact tracers within 24 hours.
Due to these challenges faced by Ontario, it is pushed by many physician leaders, including the Ontario Hospital Association, to return to Stage 2 restrictions on indoor bars and restaurants, gyms, places of worship, movie theatres, and other non-essential businesses.