Quebec and Ontario impose travel restrictions to slow surging COVID-19 variants

By Canadian Press	
	 		The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday

By Canadian Press The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Tuesday

Hospitals were caring for 2,360 COVID patients including 773 in intensive care and 537 on ventilators, triggering concerns about the implementation of a triage protocol that would require health professionals to make decisions about who gets access to resources.

Ontario's Finance Minister is pleased that the federal budget shares the same priorities the Ford government identified in the recent provincial budget and that's protecting people's health and our economy. Doctors are investigating whether another new variant, known as B.1.617, may be part of the reason.

Trudeau participated in the 2020 G7 leaders' meeting virtually, but with global vaccination rates growing, including in the United Kingdom, the nation is looking to host other world leaders to discuss how to "help the world build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and create a greener, more prosperous future", between June 11 and 13.

However, as the COVID crisis intensifies, Peter Bethlenfalvy says they are disappointed to see there was no action in several key areas, including stricter border measures to limit the spread of variants, vaccine supply and improvements to the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit.

The province reported 4,447 cases and 19 deaths on Monday. Health Canada says about one per cent of worldwide air travellers are testing positive for COVID-19 during their three-day quarantine, but can't yet provide data for how many tested positive after 10 days.

Ontario reported 3,469 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional virus-related deaths on Tuesday.

Locally, there are 1,074 new cases in Toronto, 775 in Peel, 406 in York Region, 256 in Durham and 197 in Ottawa.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province is examining what it can do to handle "gaps" in federal sick pay.

Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin said Tuesday he wants everybody to stay out of his province unless they live there, invoking a ban on incoming travellers who aren't Nova Scotia residents or essential workers.

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends offering the AstraZeneca shot to those 55 and over because of a slightly elevated risk of an extremely rare blood clot disorder. NACI is still deliberating on what advice to provide. Quebec has lowered it to 45.

"I'm certainly hopeful that we'll be able to attend in person".

O'Toole said he was booked for Saturday, while Singh is being vaccinated Wednesday.

He shared the update over social media Tuesday morning, adding that the individuals are isolating and "doing well".

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