Canada: Ontario Announces Lockdown After Covid Cases Surge
Canada’s Ontario to go on province-wide shutdown from Dec 26 due to COVID-19 Cases Surge
Canada’s most populated province Ontario has announced a Hard Lockdown to curb the second wave of COVID-19 cases in the country. The lockdown will last for two weeks in the Northern part of the province. A full month in the densely populated cities in the South.
Ontario’s premier, Doug Ford announced a new restriction on Monday. They will be effective from Boxing Day. He added that a spike in COVID-19 cases being the reason for the new measures.
Doug Ford said, “Thousands of lives are at stake now. If we fail to take action now, the consequences could be catastrophic. Make no mistake, thousands of lives are at stake right now.”
Health officials are not happy with the delay in applying the lockdown post-Christmas. They had said that a four- to six-week hard lockdown could significantly stop the spread of Covid-19.
Doug defended his decision and said that the delay until December 26 will allow businesses outside the current lockdown zones to get ready for it. He said it allows restaurants a chance to sell off some of their inventory.
Except for the necessities all else will be closed due to the lockdown. All high schools in Ontario will now be closed for in-person learning until January 25. Elementary schools will be closed until January 11.
All high schools in Ontario will now be closed until January 25. Elementary schools will be closed until January 11.
Canada at present has more than 77,000 active cases of coronavirus across the country and 14,228 deaths.