Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams says Ontario has introduced an "emergency brake" to allow the Chief Medical Officer of Health, in consultation with the local medical officer of health, to immediately advise moving a region into Grey-Lockdown to interrupt transmission.
"When they ask for more time.as premier I will listen", Ford said.
Lambton Public Health region meanwhile is moving from the Orange-Restrict level to the Red-Control level as a result worsening public health trends in the region over the past week.
Top health officials in Toronto and Peel had called for the order to stay in place, saying loosening measures too soon would lead to more illness and death.
Even in the strictest level of the province's reopening framework, some businesses would be allowed to reopen with capacity limits.
"It is critically important that residents continue to stay at home as much as possible and only go out for essential trips", Scarpitti said in a statement.
"While the health indicators have improved enough to allow us to return an additional region to the Framework, we are not yet at the point where we can safely transition back the remainder of the province".
Western Quebec has recorded 19 new cases.
The first phase was recently expanded to include adults aged 80 and older, and the province is working with public health units to build and expand capacity to immunize Phase Two populations by increasing delivery networks and preparing a booking solution and customer service supports for mass vaccination clinic registrations. A customer service desk will be made available to those who are unable to book an appointment through the online tool.
Ontario was to receive close to 157,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine this week and said it expects weekly supply from the company to range between 173,000 and 186,000 doses through the end of March.
Officials say doses of the Moderna vaccine for next week will be lower than expected, at 47,400, but supply is expected to increase in March.
Ontario saw a slowdown in its immunization efforts as the country was hit with significant delays in vaccine shipments this month.
Western Quebec's health authority is reporting 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and no more deaths.
The province said 16,967 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered since the last daily report, for a total of 518,834 doses so far.