Canada`s Ontario returns to lockdown to slow coronavirus, report says

Canada`s Ontario returns to lockdown to slow coronavirus, report says

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.

Quebec has reported a total of 312,362 COVID-19 infections and 10,676 deaths linked to the virus; it has 8,518 active reported cases.

The province has reported 2,000 new cases daily for a week, double the daily infections seen in the beginning of March. Essential stores will remain open at 50 percent capacity and non-essential retail, including shopping malls, can operate at 25 percent capacity, reports CTV News Toronto.

In a letter to the Ford government, 153 ICU physicians said that the province is at a "critical point in the pandemic" and that new public health measures need to be implemented immediately.

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When asked about the upcoming announcement of the new restrictions, Ford said Thursday morning that it was a "tough decision".

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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.

Health officials say hospitalizations rose by two, to 487, and 119 people were in intensive care, a drop of one. "Even if we had unlimited ICU capacity, allowing these (variants of concern) to spread exponentially is unethical".

Schools are scheduled to continue normally next week, though the province has not yet decided what will happen after the spring break, which takes place the week of April 12, the sources said.

The letter says doctors are seeing younger patients on ventilators and many are parents of school-aged children.

Most of the new cases reported on Thursday are concentrated in hot spot regions in the Greater Toronto Area.

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