Canadas biggest province reported highest rate of the coronavirus infections since the pandemic begun in the last year.
Hospitals warn they are close to being overwhelmed with packed up infections.
If public health measures are not computable and vaccination rates do not pick up the rates
infections in Ontario could increase by 600% by June; experts says.
About 22% of Canadians have now received a first vaccine dose.
With that situation Ontario is now introducing strict new public measures, including:
a six-week stay-at-home order
restrictions on non-essential travel, including checkpoints at the borders with the neighbouring provinces of Quebec and Manitoba
new powers for police to stop and question people who leave home
a halt to non-essential construction
Also the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government would help Toronto which has been hard-hit by the latest infection level.
“We’re going to do whatever it takes to help. Discussions are ongoing about extra healthcare providers, and we are ready to step up,” he said on yesterday in a media briefing.BBC