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Ontario ‘staying the course’ on lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, health minister says

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Ontario’s health minister said the provincial government is “staying the course” on it’s decision to life the mandatory masking mandate, despite experts saying the province is now experiencing the sixth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.Christine Elliott made the remarks during a funding announcement at North York General Hospital on Thursday.The minister was asked whether there have been talks about potentially reinstating the mandatory mask mandate which was lifted earlier this month.“We’re staying the course, we don’t anticipate that we’ll need to move back to mandatory masking,” she said. “Except in certain locations where it is mandatory, most of it is discretionary.”Elliott said people should be “patient” and “kind” with one another, noting that some may feel more comfortable to continue wearing a mask in public settings.

Ontario opposition want government to share plans for handling rising COVID-19 cases Elliott said the provincial government “knew that the numbers of COVID patients would go up” as the province lifted restrictions saying “there’s really no surprise here.”She said Ontario’s top doctor Kieran Moore noted there would be a rise in cases on a “number of occasions.”“But what we have now that we didn’t have before is a highly vaccinated population,” she said. “We also have antivirals and there are other tools that we have that we didn’t have before.”She said we also have the capability in hospitals, ICUs to “handle any increases.”“So we will get through this, but again it’s not unexpected, we anticipated that this would happen and we are prepared for it,” she continued.Elliott said the provincial government will “continue to take a cautious approach” as Ontario continues with its reopening plan.“And of.

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