Toronto (AP) — Canada’s most populous state leader announced Thursday that it will close the entire state for four weeks due to the third surge in coronavirus infections caused by more contagious viral variants. did.
Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford said the variant is fighting a new pandemic and that the virus is spreading more rapidly. This measure prohibits public events and rallies indoors, except at retail and grocery stores. The school will also remain open.
There is a 25% capacity limit for retail stores and a 50% capacity limit for supermarkets.
The hair salon is closed and there is no dining indoors or on the patio.
“We are now fighting new enemies. New variants are much more dangerous than before. They spread faster and do more harm than the viruses we were fighting last year. Young people end up in hospitals. “I will.” Ford said.
Ontario reported more than 2,500 new cases on Thursday, a record number in the intensive care unit this week.
Hotspots like Toronto have been largely closed since November, but recently a patio has opened in the country’s largest city, the city. New state-wide restrictions come after months of careless warnings from health professionals.
The action will take effect on Saturday and will last for at least four weeks.
Dr. Andrew Morris, a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto and medical director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the University of Sinai Health Network, called the Ford government “incompetent.”
“Don’t start me,” Morris said, and said the COVID situation in Ontario “reflects a complete and absolute abdication of responsibility for the health and well-being of the people.”
“It was a tragic and overt failure, fertilized by the repeated refusal of scientific evidence,” he said.
The announcement will come hours after the state’s scientific adviser stated that a stay-at-home order was needed to control the third wave.
Vaccination has increased in Canada in recent weeks, and all adults seeking vaccination are expected to receive at least one vaccination by July.