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Canada’s big­gest prov­inces seek clam­p­down on so­cial gath­er­ings

- Canada News · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Toronto · Ontario · Theresa Tam · Justin Trudeau · Quebec · AstraZeneca · United Kingdom · South Africa · Africa · Christian Dubé

>>TORONTO: Canada’s two most pop­u­lous prov­inces on Fri­day moved to clamp down fur­ther on so­cial gath­er­ings in a bid to slow a sec­ond wave of coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions that since the start of the pan­demic now to­tal more than 150,000 na­tion­wide.

On­tario or­dered the clo­sure of bars and restau­rants from mid­night to 5am ex­cept for take­out and de­liv­ery and said strip clubs would, as of yes­ter­day, have to shut down.

Premier Doug Ford, whose gov­ern­ment has al­ready slashed the size of per­mit­ted gath­er­ings in­door and out­doors, re­peated his con­cerns that the ma­jor­ity of new cases were in peo­ple un­der 40.

“I can tell you I don’t see se­niors go­ing into night­clubs too of­ten,” he told a daily brief­ing.

Health of­fi­cials in Canada have been mak­ing in­creas­ingly gloomy com­ments in re­cent days.

Theresa Tam, the chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, told re­porters on Fri­day that some lo­cal au­thor­i­ties could be over­whelmed un­less the wave was curbed.

“We now have ac­tive cases in every single prov­ince. What we do now will be crit­i­cal for the weeks and months to come,” Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau told the same event.

In Que­bec, Health Min­is­ter Chris­tian Dube urged res­i­dents to cut down on so­cial in­ter­ac­tions.

“We’re ask­ing you to make a spe­cial ef­fort for the next 28 days,” he told a news con­fer­ence.

He said the gov­ern­ment did not want to close bars be­cause peo­ple might then at­tend pri­vate par­ties that are harder to con­trol.

On­tario and Que­bec to­gether ac­count for 79% of the 150,140 cases re­ported in Canada so far and 93% of the 9,249 deaths.

Mr Trudeau said Canada signed a deal with As­traZeneca PLC to buy up to 20 mil­lion doses of its Covid-19 vac­cine can­di­date.

The med­i­ca­tion is among the lead­ing can­di­dates in the global race for a vac­cine, now in late-stage tri­als in Bri­tain, South Africa and else­where.

Canada has now signed deals for a to­tal of around 300 mil­lion doses of vac­cine can­di­dates from a num­ber of ma­jor phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms.

 ??  ?? NER­VOUS WAIT: Peo­ple queue at the Women’s Col­lege Covid-19 test­ing fa­cil­ity in Toronto.
NER­VOUS WAIT: Peo­ple queue at the Women’s Col­lege Covid-19 test­ing fa­cil­ity in Toronto.

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