Canada’s most populous province Ontario to return to COVID-19 lockdown: Reports

Montreal: Canada’s most populous province is expected to return to lockdown after a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections, local media reported Wednesday.

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Premier Doug Ford is set to announce that Ontario – home to 14 million people, more than a third of the country’s population – will return to lockdown for 28 days from Saturday, TV channels CBC and CTV reported.

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The province has reported 2,000 new cases daily for a week, double the daily infections seen in the beginning of March.

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The number of patients in intensive care also rose to 421 on Wednesday, equaling the peak reached in January, according to Radio-Canada.

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Essential services will remain open with capacity limited to 50 per cent, while non-essential shops will be reduced to 25 per cent.

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Gyms and hairdressers will also be closed, although schools are expected to remain open until the week beginning April 12.

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Canada has recorded more than 982,000 cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday, with nearly 23,000 deaths.

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