The Borneo Post (Sabah)
Ontario strengthens Covid restrictions
OTTAWA: Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, has extended its lockdown and implemented stricter measures to fight Covid, closing domestic borders and barring unnecessary travel, its leader said Friday.
The province of 14 million people registered 4,812 new cases – a record high – and 25 deaths on Friday, according to health officials.
“The pace of our vaccine supply has not kept up with the spread of the new Covid variants,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters.
“We are on our heels, but if we dig in, remain steadfast, we can turn this around. We’re down, but by no means are we out,” he said.
Ford extended the lockdown now in effect by two weeks until May 19, and ordered Ontario residents to go out only to tend to their basic needs.
Police will be able to crack down on offenders by fining them Can$750 (US$600).
The provincial government is also closing non-essential construction sites, limiting outdoor gatherings to only family members and one other person, and banning outdoor sports like golf and basketball.
It is also limiting the capacity of essential businesses, such as pharmacies or supermarkets, to 25 per cent, as well as weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies to 10 people.
Its borders with the provinces of Quebec and Manitoba will be closed to non-essential travel beginning Monday.
Quebec, Canada’s secondmost populous province, followed suit by announcing the closure of its common border with Ontario. — AFP