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

Brenda Watkins
April 1, 2021

Many are anxious for the plight of businesses that have had some operations shut for hundreds of days straight after a year of mostly being shuttered.

By mid-April, scientists are forecasting anywhere from 2,000 cases a day, after a stay-at-home order and vaccinations, to 4,000 a day with just vaccinations. In total, the province has seen 7,389 deaths related to the novel coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

Officials reported on Thursday that 1,116 people are now in hospital due to the disease.

The province also deemed 1,814 more cases of the disease to be resolved as of Thursday, bringing Ontario's number of recovered patients up to 324,196.

As of Thursday, Ontario has identified 2,116 lab-confirmed cases of variants of concern, and another 22,371 cases that are awaiting whole genome sequencing to confirm their lineage.

The group said that COVID-19 hospitalizations are up by over 40 per cent over the past two weeks.

Most of the new cases reported on Thursday are concentrated in hot spot regions in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Health Minister Christine Elliott says 743 cases are in Toronto, 484 are in Peel, 311 are in York, and 119 in Hamilton.

According to multiple reports, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is hitting the COVID-19 emergency brake across the province.

Ford's focus on young people comes despite Ontario's Science Table providing data back in February indicating that if Ontario loosened restrictions, cases would rise.

Ford's comments come after a report shows there are now more COVID-19 patients in Ontario intensive care units than at any other point in the pandemic.

While the province has discovered thousands of variant mutations, only 2,116 have undergone genome testing in order to be officially categorized.

He also said that 40 per cent of Ontario residents aged 75-79 and 72 per cent of those aged 70-74 still have not received their first dose of the vaccine.

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