Alberta Premier Jason Kenney pointed to the situation in Ontario as he defended his government's recent decision to impose stricter measures, including closing restaurant dining. Ford maintains that in class learning remains safe, he says this move is being made because we can't have kids spending the week off and then have them back in school after the break. "As I have always said we will do whatever it takes to ensure everyone stays safe".
Private schools operating in-person this week are to transition to remote learning by April 15.
Details were provided today, Monday, Apr. 12, 2021, in a press conference hosted by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.
As for school-aged children of health care and other front line workers, Lecce says there will be free emergency care. This action is being taken in support of the Government's broader efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. An end date to the remote learning period was not immediately provided.
The increasing rate of the virus spreading in communities poses "a threat to the health and safety of school communities", according to the province. Students were supposed to return to school a week from today.
Schools will remain open for in-person learning for special education students who can not be accommodated through remote learning.
Fresh Unrest In Northern Ireland Sparks Comparisons To 'The Troubles'
The disturbances this week follow on unrest over the Easter holiday in unionist areas in Northern Ireland's major cities. Hijacked cars burn at a so-called "peace wall" on Lanark Way in west Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 7th 2021 .
Ontario said it will add hundreds of critical care beds this week to help with an influx of COVID-19 cases that is pushing the health-care system to the brink.
Both Quebec and Ontario reported strong rises in COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday, prompting concerns about the capacity of those province's health-care systems amid a surge of more contagious variants of COVID-19.
The number of people in intensive care with COVID-19 rose by 14, to 619, with 408 of them needing to be placed on a ventilator.
Ontario has been under a stay-at-home order since Thursday, April 8. The province says those vaccines have been "weighted to support vaccination of high-risk communities to ensure reliable delivery".
Horwath acknowledged that some type of third wave was inevitable for Ontario but said the extent of it was "very much avoidable".
Belleville Council has followed up on a decision made at Tuesday night's meeting and has issued a letter to provincial officials, asking that teachers and manufacturing workers be moved up the ladder in Ontario's vaccine rollout.