Canada’s two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec, have adopted more restricted containment measures at a time when vaccination is slow to ‘take off’ despite the hundreds of millions of doses already ordered.
According to France-Presse (AFP), Ontario’s prime minister, Doug Ford, is due to announce today a 28-day rehabilitation for the province as a whole, which has 14 million inhabitants.
Canada, which has accounted for about 23,000 deaths since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, is expected to reach in a few days the symbolic number of one million cases of coronavirus, more than a third of which in Ontario.
The province registers more than 2,000 new cases every day, a number that has doubled in two months, while hospitalizations have risen 41.7% during the last two weeks.
“The third wave has arrived and is carried by worrying variants,” says a report from Ontario experts published today.
Quebec, the second most affected province, has also introduced confinement in several regions, in addition to maintaining a curfew since January, a measure unprecedented in Canada on a province-wide scale since the Spanish flu, more than a century ago.
The ads respond to the most restrictive containment measures that have recently been recommended by Canada’s health authorities, to fight the presumably most communicable and contagious variants.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,816,908 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 128.8 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
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