Ontario probably won't be ready to leave stay-at-home order on May 20, experts say

Ontario probably won't be ready to leave stay-at-home order on May 20, experts say

Ontario is scheduled to break out of its stay-at-home order on May 20, but health experts say we're likely not going to be ready, especially if we don't want to end up back in another pandemic wave. The Ontario government strengthened rules three times in April, all as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surged. Those sweeping changes started less than two months after eastern Ontario came out of the winter shutdown. "When we saw cases dipping in February, people said 'Oh, these are the dying embers of the second wave,' but in fact they were also at the same time the sparks of a third wave," said Dr. Gerald Evans, an infectious disease specialist at Queen's University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre. That, he said, is why it's important to be cautious when loosening restrictions. "This is really a lesson that we need to have learned … from the previous [waves]." • Why warnings of a deadly 3rd wave in Canada may have gone unheeded Instead of putting a specific date on when the order should end, he said new COVID-19 …
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