Ford expected to announce shutdown as Ontario cases surge

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

If Ontario implemented a stay-at-home order for another four weeks while continuing vaccination efforts, COVID-19 cases could fall between 1,000 to 1,500 daily by the end of the April, according to the province's latest modelling.

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.

One source said non-essential retail stores would be permitted to open at 25 per cent capacity, while grocery stores would be limited to 50 per cent occupancy.

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

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On Wednesday, Toronto reported 883 new COVID-19 cases, with 29 new admissions putting the number of people in hospital at 330, including 53 patients in intensive care. Furthermore, if the province halted vaccinations this month, almost 12,000 COVID-19 cases could be logged by the end of April. 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.

He will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams, and Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, the co-chair of Ontario's COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

Today's modelling update comes as CTV News has learned that the Ford government is expected to announce today a month-long provincewide shutdown to begin on Saturday to curb the rise of cases and hospitalizations. Ford put Ontario into a stricter province-wide lockdown on Boxing Day.

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