Toronto is put in lockdown

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Toronto, Canada’s chief city, is in lockdown as infections soar within the city

Authorities put Toronto into lockdown for 28 days on Friday in order to curb a steep rise of infections. They also shut shops, businesses and restaurants and banned indoor gatherings for the time being. Both Toronto and the city of Peel in the GTA will be on lockdown beginning Monday. While authorities have prohibited indoor social gatherings, outdoor gatherings can still be on. However, they should involve no more than ten people.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford stated: ‘We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into lockdown level restrictions. We need to take decisive action to stop the spread of this deadly virus’.

Meanwhile, schools will stay open. But all other services such as weddings, funerals and other ceremonies must not involve more than 10 people. ‘With the numbers rising rapidly in certain regions, we have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province’, said Ford.

On Friday, Ontario counted over 1400 new cases. The total now amounts to over 100000 since the start of the pandemic. Ontario’s capital and Canada’s largest city, Toronto, has seen the hardest of it. As Canadian PM Justin Trudeau reminds everybody that ‘people are safest when they stay home in Canada’, the question shifts to new lockdowns. Trudeau’s comments were: ‘I think we can work closely with the provinces to make sure we’re all doing the right thing, without having to go heavy handed from the federal government’. This suggests that while a national lockdown is not probable, regional lockdowns might actually occur. And if they do, it will be through coordination of federal, provincial and municipal authorities.