Canada: Hit hard by 3rd wave of Covid-19, Ontario to impose lockdown restrictions across province
Ontario/IBNS: Plans for imposing lockdown on the whole province beginning Saturday would be announced due to record-breaking COVID-19 patients in its intensive care units (ICU) on Wednesday and the highest number of new infections in schools since the start of the pandemic, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said during a news conference.
Restrictions will be imposed across Toronto, Peel Region, Hamilton, Sudbury, and Thunder Bay.
New modelling of the expected impact of the pandemic's third wave over the next few weeks is also scheduled to be released by Ontario's COVID-19 scientific advisers.
Ford's cabinet also briefed on the decision made late Wednesday that all Indoor dining at restaurants, personal care services such as hair salons, and indoor fitness activities would be shut down, while essential retail outlets such as grocery stores would allow only 50 per cent of their full capacity and non-essential retail outlets with a maximum of 25 percent.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)