Published: Sun, April 04, 2021
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Ford declares province-wide 'emergency brake' due to COVID-19

Ford declares province-wide 'emergency brake' due to COVID-19

"It's spreading far more quickly than it was before and we can not vaccinate quickly enough to break this third wave, this is the challenge of the new variants". It will take effect at midnight.

The number of COVID patients in Ontario's intensive-care units (ICUs) is expected to reach 800 by the end of April, up from 430 now, already the most during the entire pandemic.

"We are in the third wave of the pandemic and as the new variants spread, COVID is killing faster and younger", said Dr. Steini Brown, co-chair of the group. "That is our best protection against this deadly virus", Ford added.

The number of current hospitalizations is more than 20 per cent higher than those in December, as is the seven-day average of new daily cases of COVID-19.

Ontario declared a four-week state of emergency after hitting a record for the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care, driven by virus strains that are more contagious and risky.

She said the government should have introduced paid sick days along with its latest batch of restrictions, noting such a move would mean essential workers won't have to choose between paying their bills and keeping their workplaces safe.

Weddings, funerals and other religious services are capped at 15 per cent capacity indoors.

In-person dining (indoor and outdoor) is prohibited.

So far, more than 57 million people in the US have been fully vaccinated.


The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the announcement, says schools will remain open after the Easter weekend.

Non-essential retail stores are permitted to open but with occupancy capped at 25 per cent of maximum, while essential retail outlets such as grocery stores are limited to 50 per cent occupancy.

CBC says the 28-day lockdown, would begin on Saturday.

Thursday's lockdown will require the closure of hair salons, gyms, and indoor dining in regions not now under such restrictions.

Two-thirds of the province's public health units are now under what the government calls lockdown (grey zone) or control (red zone) restrictions.

Ontario is reporting more than 2,500 new cases on Thursday and record numbers in intensive care this week.

And despite being under shutdown since last November, Toronto, Canada's biggest city and the country's financial hub, remains Canada's biggest COVID hot spot.

Announced on Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021, the so-call province-wide "emergency brake" will come into effect as of Saturday, Apr. 3, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and the province intends to keep the plan in place for at least four weeks.

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