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Ontario imposes four-week 'shutdown' to combat surge in COVID-19 cases

At a shopping mall in Toronto Ontario people wear masks as they shop on March 17 At a shopping mall in Toronto Ontario people wear masks as they shop on March 17
Melba Vasquez | 02 April, 2021, 18:22

"If things go well and if people continue to follow these public health measures, we will be in a much better position to come out of the lockdown more quickly than others", said Ahmed.

On March 31, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced that 2,333 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, with over 52,500 tests completed.

"This is a new pandemic", Ford said. "We're now fighting a new enemy". This includes prohibiting all indoor organized public gatherings and limiting outdoor gatherings to a five-person maximum, except for gathering with members of the same household.

Schools will remain open for in-person learning, with strict measures.

An Ontario-wide "shutdown" will be put in place to combat an "alarming" surge in COVID-19 infections, Premier Doug Ford said Thursday as intensive care admissions related to the virus surpassed those of the second wave of the pandemic. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

One of the main services that have been removed with this "emergency brake" is both indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants.

One notable change from the January 2021 shutdown is the province will not issue a stay-at-home order this time.

All regions across the province of Ontario will be entering a sweeping shutdown as of April 3 to curb the spread of unsafe variants of concern, and that means new indoor and outdoor gathering limits will also come into effect.

These increases are being driven by COVID-19 variants, which are transmitted easily and result in a higher risk of death and hospitalization, including in younger populations. Everyone is being asked to limit trips and employers are being told to make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

Capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services, rites or ceremonies is limited to 15 per cent capacity per room indoors.

"As we continue to vaccinate more Ontarians, the end is in sight, but right now these necessary measures will help to stop the spread of variants in our communities, protect capacity in our health care system, and save lives". The HKPR District Health Unit is emphasizing the importance of continuing with the preventive measures known to reduce spread in order to keep our community safe until widespread vaccination has the opportunity to take hold.

Earlier this week, the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said in its report that ICUs have been facing a capacity crunch. "We have done this before and, by working together, we will make it through to the brighter days that lie ahead". "We have made historic investments in introduce the strongest school safety plan in the entire country, but as always, we will closely monitor the situation and not hesitate to act to protect our kids in your families".

The new data shows the risk of ICU admissions is two times higher and the risk of death is 1.5 times higher with the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom.

While we have fortunately not seen the same rate of infection in Northumberland as in harder hit areas of the province, we nevertheless continue to observe a concerning uptick in recent positive cases.

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