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Ontario enters new lockdown amid case rise

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces the province-wide “emergency brake” on Thursday Apr. 1 2021 Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces the province-wide “emergency brake” on Thursday Apr. 1 2021
Patty Aguilar | 04 April, 2021, 00:23

Ontario Premier Doug Ford watches a health-care worker prepare a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a University Health Network vaccine clinic in Toronto on January 7.

Variants now account for about 67 per cent of all new infections in Ontario, the science table says, and seem to be causing more serious forms of COVID-19 in a younger cohort of people than seen during the first or second waves.

"We're now fighting a new enemy", Ford said.

I know that, over a year into this pandemic, news of a shutdown is frustrating to hear. "That is our best protection against this deadly virus", Ford added.

Schools are slated to reopen after the end of this week's postponed spring break, which concludes on April 9.

Schools would remain open, Ontario's education minister said on Twitter, drawing criticism from teachers' unions. The new restrictions across the province come after months of unheeded warnings from health experts.

Ontario's daily COVID-19 case count surged back up over the 3,000 mark on Saturday, hours after a new provincewide "shutdown" took effect in a move to bring soaring infection rates back under control.

Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings and limiting the capacity for outdoor organized public events or social gatherings to a 5-person maximum, except for gatherings with members of the same household (the people you live with) or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.

He called the measures "pulling the emergency brake" on the entire province.

Non-essential retail stores can stay open, but at 25 per cent capacity.

Restaurants can only offer delivery and take-out services in the shutdown zone and no indoor dining will be allowed.

No. All personal care services are prohibited during the shutdown.

Crawley writes that "the only difference between this and the current lockdown provisions now seen in some areas of the province appears to be the closure of patio dining and golf courses, alongside a limit of five people instead of 10 for outdoor gatherings".

The province opted not to issue a stay-at-home order during the shutdown.

Ontario says 84,060 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Wednesday's update.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has been in the red-control zone of the framework since the shutdown ended, with the exception of a week (March 1-7) in grey-lockdown.

On Thursday, officials reported more than 2,500 new cases of COVID-19, a almost 14% increase in hospitalizations and ICU admissions increasing dramatically.

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