Ontario to begin 4-week lockdown Saturday across 34 public health units

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a province-wide COVID-19 shutdown

With the updated ICU numbers and the climbing COVID-19 cases in the province, Soucy says that Ontario is now in its third wave.

The Ford government is implementing an "emergency brake" across all 34 public health units in Ontario starting on Saturday that will be in place for at least four weeks and force some non-essential services to close, including in-person dining and personal care services such as barbers, nail salons, and gyms.

Ontarians are asked to limit trips outside the home to necessities such as food, medication, medical appointments, supporting vulnerable community members, or exercising outdoors with members of their household.

Retail stores will see limits on capacity while restaurants will be restricted to takeout, delivery and drive-through service, the premier said.

Schools will remain open for in-person learning, although some Ontario students have been learning virtually since September.

"The variants of concern are spreading rapidly", said Premier Doug Ford.

Keeping schools open is critical to the mental health and well-being of Ontario youth.

"Ontario, like many other provinces and jurisdictions around the world, is in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and immediate action is required to help turn the tide", said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

COVID-19 cases were detected in five more London-area public schools, the Thames Valley District school board reported late Wednesday.

The new data shows the risk of ICU admissions is two times higher and the risk of death is 1.5 times higher with the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom.

Ford expected to announce shutdown as Ontario cases surge
Furthermore, if the province halted vaccinations this month, almost 12,000 COVID-19 cases could be logged by the end of April. He will be joined by Health Minister Christine Elliott, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr.

Only eight per cent of those who live in the neighbourhoods with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections have been vaccinated, compared to 13 per cent of those who live in neighbourhoods with a low incidence. "This is the challenge of the new variants", said Dr.

Ontario's decision comes as three Quebec cities, including the provincial capital, moved into a lockdown Thursday in an effort to rein in surging infections.

Indoor organized public events and social gatherings are prohibited.

Windsor is now in the red zone, the fourth tier of the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework.

"Looking at the overall population health, which is what is the biggest driver of the risk to heath care workers, I think bringing the overall population that's vaccinated up is what's going to help us get out of this situation fast", Kapur said.

Below are some of the slides presented Thursday morning by the advisors.

Almost three out of four Canadians over the age of 80 have obtained at least one dose, and one in three people between 70 and 79, it said.

According to the province, only 22 per cent of Ontario health-care workers had been fully vaccinated with both doses, excluding long-term care and retirement home workers, as of March 29. Saskatchewan is the runner up with 14.9 per cent, followed by Alberta with 14.6 and Ontario with 13.9.

Manitoba is next at 11 per cent, with Nova Scotia lagging behind at 5.6 per cent.

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