On Sunday, Ontario reported 4,177 new cases, the highest day total since April, as more robust public health measures took effect, including the reinstatement of restaurant capacity limitations and a minor ban on social gatherings.
Two more deaths were also recorded in the province. According to the most recent hospital numbers, there were 283 people hospitalised with COVID-19 and 159 people in the Intensive, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott’s tweet.
On Friday, Premier Doug Company stated the additional limits, claiming that the COVID-19-causing Omicron form of the coronavirus is so contagious that it threatens to overload the healthcare system. Restaurants, gyms, and various other indoor venues now have a capacity restriction of 50%. Indoor social meetings are limited to 10 persons (down from 25), and outdoor social gatherings are limited to 25 people (down from 100).
Food and beverages are no longer permitted in theatres, arenas, and other major events. The steps come as cases have been rapidly increasing, with the weekly average of new daily diagnoses at 2,156 on Saturday, up from 1,194 the week before.
The province’s COVID-19 vaccine booster drive has also been stepped up. Starting Monday, all people who haven’t had their second dose in at least three months are entitled to a booster.
On Sunday, Nova Scotia recorded 476 new cases, marking the province’s fourth consecutive day of record-breaking daily instances. Because a “rapidly expanding” number of employees are isolated from COVID-19 exposures, a Halifax hospital is deferring non-urgent surgeries.
New Brunswick implemented new contact and venue capacity restrictions on Saturday, following the province’s announcement of 133 new cases and two recent deaths. As part of its own stricter limitations, P.E.I. recorded 13 new cases.
On Saturday, Newfoundland and Labrador confirmed 23 new cases. In addition, the province has instituted new self-isolation, travel, and capacity restrictions, as well as a 22-week booster period following a person’s second injection.
On Saturday, the province of Quebec confirmed 3,631 new infections and two new fatalities, while Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
Source: CBC News