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Canada’s Most Populous Province to Return to COVID-19 Lockdown

ICU COVID Canada`s Ontario returns to lockdown to slow coronavirus, report says
Hannah Rogers | 01 April, 2021, 20:42

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Ontario is projected to reach almost 800 by the end of April even with the continuation of vaccinations and the implementation of two or four weeks of stay-at-home orders, according to the latest modelling update.

Ford earlier this week said he wouldn't hesitate to apply the emergency brake across the province, citing soaring case numbers. Nearly 17,100 residents have been hospitalized because of the disease, and 7,389 have died from it.

Thursday's report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 352,460, including deaths and recoveries.

The group said that COVID-19 hospitalizations are up by over 40 per cent over the past two weeks.

The Ford government has faced criticism over its failure to offer supports for essential workers, especially in the COVID-19 hot spots, including paid sick days.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 743 cases are in Toronto, 484 are in Peel, 311 are in York, and 119 in Hamilton.

The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario is expected to announce a 28-day provincewide "shutdown" today to stop the spread of COVID-19 as an alarming spike in cases threatens the critical care system.

There are reports that Ontario is looking to implement another province-wide COVID-19 lockdown.

However, the measures still allow for some non-essential activities and stop short of the stay-at-home orders recommended by Ontario's science table on Thursday, which were previously imposed following the Christmas holiday.

There are at least 1,953 cases of the B.1.1.7. variant in Ontario, as well as 67 B.1.351 variant and 96 P.1. variant.

He also said that 40 per cent of Ontario residents aged 75-79 and 72 per cent of those aged 70-74 still have not received their first dose of the vaccine.

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