State of emergency order to protect health system, says MPP Sabawy
Member of Provincial Parliament, @SherefSabawyPC on Tuesday said that the decision taken by the Ontario government @ONgov to implement another state of emergency comes in light of the huge increase of COVID-19 cases and to protect the health system in the province.
Speaking to Arabic media in Ontario, the deputy minister of tourism, said that almost 40% of the long-term care homes have active outbreaks, noting that 198 persons in the long-term care homes have lost their lives.
He said that there are 400 occupied beds in the Intensive Care Units (ICU), the number is expected to reach 1000 in early February, according to the data model, which could endanger non-COVID-19 patients, who need to be in the ICU.
The state of emergency gives the government the power to enact new measures beyond those included in the provincewide lockdown, which began on Dec. 26, 2020.
An emergency order allows the government to close more businesses, prohibit events and gatherings and order people to stay home. This is the second emergency order issued in the province since the pandemic began last March. The last one expired on July 24, though many of the 47 emergency orders issued under it remain in effect.