Sunday 22 November 2020

Coronavirus: Ontario to move Toronto, Peel Region under lockdown

Canada has increasing daily new cases of Coronavirus Covid-19. The Ontario government announced Friday it is moving COVID-19 hotspots Toronto and Peel Region into lockdown, shuttering businesses such as salons and gyms and moving restaurants to takeout only and malls to curbside pickup.

Schools and child-care centres will remain open.

Premier Doug Ford made the announcement alongside chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams, health minister Christine Elliott and finance minister Rod Phillips at Queen’s Park.

The new restrictions come into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23. There was no end date provided, though Ford said they would see how the new measures work over the next four-weeks.

"Further action is required to avoid the worst-case scenario," Ford said. "I know this is difficult news today. This is not where we want to be. But, I have faith that Ontario will weather this storm together."

The new measures are set to arrive as Ontario reported 1,418 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with eight new deaths related to the virus.

Right now is the so-called "second wave" of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. Hopefully, the daily new cases of the virus can be decreased.

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