The rise in Covid 19 infections and hospitalizations will see the imposition of stricter restrictions while Toronto and Peel will continue their lockdown phase
In a recent development in the on-going COVID -19 lockdown restrictions, it is expected that the Hamilton region will also be included from Monday. With an escalation in the number of COVID-19 case counts and the hospital admissions, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, has been coming under a lot of pressure to impose tighter restrictions. Hamilton will move on to the grey or lockdown level, this Monday onwards. The other changes will be with Niagara Region and Brant County moving into the “control ’’or red region. Timiskaming will move into the “protect” or yellow zone, the public health units for Frontenac, Lennox & Addington and Kingston, will move into the orange or “restrict” zone. All the new restrictions are slated to start from Monday and will remain in place till the 4th of January 2020.
Hamilton has recorded a new high in COVID -19 cases, which have increased by 25 % and now show 103.3 cases in a total of 10,000 people. In the past two weeks, the number of people getting hospitalized has also doubled.
It was further announced that the lockdown in the Peel and Toronto region that was set to be lifted on Monday will continue.
Ford conducted emergency meetings with the Chief medical officer and senior health officials to take stock of the situation and said that the increase in trend was a matter of grave concern.
The Sudbury area’s public health unit was moved down to the “prevent” or green level.
It was also disclosed that Quebec would be issuing a work -from -home order till January 11th and would close all non-essential businesses in the region. Northern Ontario would most probably be excluded from the lockdown measures.
Ford had disclosed earlier on Friday that he would be holding meetings with health officials over the weekend and would reveal the government’s plan of action by Monday.