Canada’s Largest City Toronto Moves Back Into Lockdown
All Non-Essential Businesses and Indoor Activities Are Strictly Off-Limits To the Public
The largest city of Canada, Toronto, is going back under strict lockdown restrictions after the projected statistics show an overwhelming increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in the region. To counter the escalating issue for the general population of the country, nearly all non-essential services and businesses would be shut down from Monday until further notice.
Increasing coronavirus cases per day
The number of new coronavirus cases is observed to be rapidly escalating across the nation, due to which several regions across the country are under lockdown restrictions implemented by their local governing body. Currently, there are more than 5,000 coronavirus cases being reported almost daily across Canada, which now has resulted in tough lockdown conditions for the public.
The Chief public health officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam said that the second deadly wave of coronavirus infection has further increased far from the peak levels as compared to the first wave experienced by the country in the spring season. If the current statistic ratio remains consistent in the upcoming five to six weeks, the country would be on a trajectory to expect around 20,000 COVID-19 positive cases in a single day.
The current reinstatement of the lockdown restrictions has become a necessary requirement in the country to curb the escalating issue before it turns chaotic.
Restrictive measures to curb the spread of infection
The general population of the country is likely to increase the amount of physical, social interaction with each other during the upcoming holiday season, which could most likely result in exacerbation of the positive coronavirus patient count up to 60,000 by the end of the month of December. Lockdown restrictions in specific areas have now become a crucial requirement to reduce local transmission.
The current second wave of coronavirus infection was much deadlier than the previously observed first wave that started in the first quarter of this year and has extensive potential to convert into a further deteriorating state, as the people residing in Canada tend to stay mostly indoors due to cold temperatures and heavy snowfall.
While the first coronavirus wave was only able to cause distress in major cities of the country, the current coronavirus wave has now also negatively affected the rural areas of Nanuvut and Manitoba.
The number of hospital inpatients and mortality rate is also drastically increased due to the current situation the urgently requires lockdown of non-essential businesses that could help in the prevention of local transmission of infection.
The reaction of administrative authorities amid coronavirus surge
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged the general public to limit their social interaction with other individuals during the current situation as it requires drastic measures to be taken to control the growing COVID-19 concern, including the implementation of restrictive lockdown.
Doug Ford, the state Premier of Ontario, announced the restrictive lockdown measures on Friday, after around 1,000 coronavirus cases were being reported on a daily basis, along with concerning calls from the public healthcare authorities and frontline working medical staff for implementing further tight preventive procedures.
The newly reinstated lockdown would be initiated from Monday that will majorly affect Toronto and its adjacent regions of Peel, which are included in the most affected parts of the territory.
All in-person shopping will now be limited to all non-essential businesses and service providers, and dine-in facilities in restaurants would be restricted, but they would be allowed to provide the facility of pickups and delivery.
Hair salons and gyms will be completely shut down, including all indoor activities to be prohibited as part of the lockdown measures. Gatherings to be held indoors are strictly off-limits, although outdoor events are allowed to be conducted, including weddings and funerals for only up to 10 individuals.