Canada Ontario issues stay-at-home order, Alberta cracks down on COVID-19 rule-breakers
'Don't make plans for Easter': Ford hints at restrictions as Ontario sees 2,336 new COVID-19 cases
Ontario confirmed 2,336 more cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as a government agency that tracks hospitalizations reported the biggest single-day jump in admissions of patients to intensive care since the pandemic began. It's a situation that Premier Doug Ford addressed on Tuesday, speaking in one of the Toronto neighbourhoods hardest-hit by COVID-19. "I'm extremely concerned about the situation that we're seeing," Ford said of the number of people in intensive care, particularly young people. "Don't make plans for Easter," he said, saying further lockdowns could happen depending on the guidance of Dr.
Ontario residents are facing new stay-at-home orders as officials in several provinces tighten restrictions and crack down on rule-breakers in a race against COVID-19 and its variants.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and it will mean stores selling essential items can stay open but will only be permitted to sell grocery and pharmacy items.
The announcement means Ontarians will join residents of Quebec and Alberta in waking up to new restrictions Thursday.
In Alberta, officials fenced off GraceLife church, which has been charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules.
COVID-19 Update: 576 new cases, four deaths | AHS warns of 'small risk' of COVID-19 exposure at immunization site
With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now Alberta reported Tuesday 576 new cases of COVID-19 on 8,078 tests and four additional deaths. There were 332 new variant cases. Those with certain underlying conditions are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 2B of Alberta’s rollout. Alberta is following the recommendation of the NACI and is pausing administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people under the age of 55. A second Joey restaurant location has temporarily closed due to COVID-19 cases amongst staff.
The move comes a day after Premier Jason Kenney said widespread rule-breaking forced his government to shut down indoor dinning, curb indoor fitness and reduce retail capacity.
Quebecers in hot spots also prepared for new restrictions on gyms and faith gatherings, while officials expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines for essential workers like teachers and first responders in Montreal.
Meanwhile, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization says it's standing by its emergency recommendation to extend the delivery of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines up to four months after further research.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 7, 2021.
Amy Smart, The Canadian Press
Why Canada is losing the race between vaccines and variants as the 3rd wave worsens .
Much of Canada is in the grips of a worsening third wave as COVID-19 vaccinations slowly ramp up, and experts say the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants is throwing gasoline on an already-raging fire. "We have a lot of virus moving around the country and escalating very, very quickly," said Jason Kindrachuk, an assistant professor of viral pathogenesis at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair of emerging viruses. "Vaccinations are certainly starting to pick up, but we're nowhere near where we need to be to get this thing under control.