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Canada Ontario sees COVID-19 surge, Quebec poised to declare maximum alert

22:46  28 september  2020
22:46  28 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Ontario declared itself in the grips of a second COVID - 19 wave and Quebec appeared on the verge of moving its most populous regions to a maximum alert -level on Monday as both provinces grappled with rising caseloads. Premier Doug Ford said the 700 new cases reported in Ontario — the highest

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Ontario declared itself in the grips of a second COVID-19 wave and Quebec appeared on the verge of moving its most populous regions to a maximum alert-level on Monday as both provinces grappled with rising caseloads.

Premier Doug Ford said the 700 new cases reported in Ontario — the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic — were "deeply concerning" and warned this round of the pandemic could hit harder than the first.

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Ontario ’s chief medical officer Dr. David Williams cautioned Monday that the second wave of COVID - 19 has the potential to be worse than the first wave earlier in the year, stating that Ontario is right now Canadian Press Videos. Ontario sees COVID - 19 surge , Quebec poised to declare maximum alert .

"We know that this wave will be more complicated, more complex," he said, again entreating residents to follow public health guidelines meant to help contain the spread of the virus.

The public's willingness to adhere to those guidelines will determine if this is "a wave or a tsunami," he said.

Most of the new cases in Ontario are in the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa.

Big cities are also proving to be hot spots in Quebec, where new cases of COVID-19 have spiked in recent days.

The province's health minister told Radio-Canada talk show "Tout le monde en parle" on Sunday that the situation in Montreal and Quebec City has grown alarming.

Christian Dube said both cities would soon enter the maximum-alert red level under the province's COVID-19 colour-coded system.

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The COVID - 19 pandemic in Quebec is part of an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ), an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2

Quebec may space out doses of COVID - 19 vaccines by as long as 90 days, the province said on Thursday, beyond the 42-day interval recommended by a national advisory council, as high case loads threaten to overwhelm its hospitals. Quebec imposed a night curfew last week to combat soaring cases.

Quebec reported 750 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, as well as one additional death linked to the virus. On Sunday, it recorded 896 new cases of COVID-19 - its highest single-day jump in months.

Premier Francois Legault has called a news conference for this afternoon.

Ontario and Quebec have been the hardest hit by COVID-19, representing close to 80 per cent of all cases in Canada.

Meanwhile, the federal government's efforts to fast-track its newest COVID-19 economic recovery package stirred outrage from the opposition, who argued the Liberals forced the issue by proroguing Parliament last month.

The proposed package would establish more flexibility to qualify for employment insurance and set up three new benefits for Canadians who won't qualify for EI but are still grappling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pleaded with the public to respect public health guidelines, as Canada's top doctor said the country is "at a crossroads" when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government also warned last week that short-term lockdowns may be necessary to prevent small clusters of cases from turning into large outbreaks.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 28, 2020.

Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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