Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces the province-wide “emergency brake” on Thursday Apr. 1 2021
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.
The police also notified road closures "due to the external security threat at the North Barricade of the US Capitol ". Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a vehicle that had crashed into a barrier.
Everyone is being asked to limit trips and employers are being told to make every effort to allow employees to work from home. One of the main services that have been removed with this "emergency brake" is both indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants.
The Facebook spokeswoman, who spoke on condition that her name not be used, confirmed the email was real but declined to comment. Twitter banned Trump permanently on January 8, and other internet companies have taken similar actions to "deplatform" Trump.
Vials of AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine for Covid-19 are seen at a filling lab at the Serum Institute of India, Pune. It previously declared the AstraZeneca vaccine safe, just as the World Health Organization did.
He says the province's vaccine rollout is not reaching the highest risk communities, which is delaying its anti-pandemic impact. The physicians noted that variants of concern have been quickly spreading across Ontario, which has impacted ICU capacity.
The CDC advised that people celebrate by avoiding large crowds and gather with people in their immediate household. It is expected that the USA will surpass 100 million people who have received at least one dose of vaccine Friday.
Robert Contee, chief of the DC police department, told a news conference later that there was no longer an ongoing threat. Text messages sent to staffers inside told them to avoid windows and said no one could enter or leave the building.
In March 2020, Ross drove Floyd to the emergency room because he was in extreme stomach pain, and she later learned he overdosed. Floyd had been "clean" after that, she said, but he appeared to have begun using pills again in the two weeks before his death.
Among the fully vaccinated , about 29.2 million people are 65 years of age or older, accounting for 53.5 per cent, CDC data show. More than 56 million Americans are fully vaccinated already, according to the latest figures from the CDC.
The defendants were granted bail on condition they hand over travel documents and not leave Hong Kong. They also said that imprisoning them over a peaceful march was a heavy-handed application of the law.
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US Capitol Locked Down After Reports of Nearby Gunfire
But permanent barriers remain in place on all the roadway entrances to the Capitol , well-manned by police and national guard. Police said the incident happened at a checkpoint near the Capitol building, typically used by senators and staff on weekdays.
US Capitol: Driver dead after ramming police barricade
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Canada’s Most Populous Province to Return to COVID-19 Lockdown
Ford earlier this week said he wouldn't hesitate to apply the emergency brake across the province, citing soaring case numbers. Thursday's report brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 352,460, including deaths and recoveries.
Child among four dead in California shooting
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