Published: Thu, April 01, 2021

Canada’s most populous province to return to Covid-19 lockdown, say media

Canada’s most populous province to return to Covid-19 lockdown, say media

Ontario has entered the third wave of its coronavirus outbreak, driven by virus strains that are much more contagious and unsafe, provincial health officials said.

"It is killing faster and younger".

Earlier this week, the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table said in its report that ICUs have been facing a capacity crunch. The province had recently declared personal care services could reopen on April 12, with no more than five patrons allowed inside at any given time.Gyms will also have to close across the province, though golf courses are expected to be allowed to reopen. "We are seeing younger patients on ventilators-many are parents of school-aged children".

Brown said as ICU occupancy nears 800 it will be hard for hospitals to provide adequate care for all patients and that triaging may be a possibility. Meanwhile, only 64 per cent of the over-80 population is vaccinated, excluding those at long-term care facilities.

Researchers estimate that a loss of in-person learning could result in a roughly three per cent drop in lifetime earnings for these cohorts and an estimated GDP loss of $1.6 trillion for Canada.

All of this is expected to push Ontario back to lockdown on Saturday.

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The new rules are meant to counter the virus's spread in Ontario, which includes Canada's capital city of Ottawa.

The Ontario government is apparently moving to activate the "emergency brake" implementing a four week lockdown across the entire province. Even as vaccinations continue, not every area has equal access. Ford put Ontario into a stricter province-wide lockdown on Boxing Day.

Ontario's science advisers say stay-at-home orders will control the third wave of COVID-19, which is being driven by rising rates of the more deadly variants of concern. More than 17,000 residents have been hospitalised because of the disease, and 7,366 have died from it.

The biggest hotspot is Toronto.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 743 new cases in Toronto, 484 in Peel Region, and 311 in York Region.

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