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    The Premier of Ontario Doug Ford said he will meet with the province’s top doctors to discuss whether Ontario can make an earlier move to Step 2. Ford announced they comment on Wednesday in response to a question about the success of the province on drastically lowering daily case counts. He said, “I’ll be sitting down with the health table and Dr. Williams, and we’ll make that decision … no one in this province wants to open up quicker than I do.”

    Ontario just reported 296 cases on Tuesday which is the lowest single-day total logged since September. Hospitalizations and intensive care patients have also been on a steady decline in Ontario. The province entered Step 1 on June 11, decreasing restrictions on things like outdoor dining and recreational activities.

    When the three-step plan was announced in May, each step was supposed to last a minimum of 21 days. That means step 2 is scheduled for July 2 at this point. The government said this time frame will lessen the likelihood of having cases spike. As of right now, 75 per cent of Ontarians have been administered the first dose, while 18 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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