After Quebec on Monday, Ontario will in turn begin its deconfinement on Wednesday, with the lifting of the order to stay at home in three regions in the east of the province.
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As of 12:01 a.m., the health regions of Hastings and Prince Edwards, Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and the District of Renfrew will fall into the green zone and will be able to reopen their businesses, including training centers and restaurants, while citizens will no longer be forced to stay in the house.
The decree requiring people to stay at home should be lifted on February 16 everywhere else in Ontario, except for Toronto and the regions of Peel and York, in the suburbs, which will have to wait until February 22.
“The state of emergency will not be renewed beyond February 9. We are maintaining containment measures in most health regions for a short time, but we will see to make a cautious transition in the regions, ”explained Premier Doug Ford.
“We cannot get back to normal, not at this time, when our hospitals are still at risk of being overwhelmed,” Ford added.
The announcement comes as the province announced 1,265 new cases and 33 additional deaths on Monday, a toll that continues to decline. The number of hospitalized patients also continued to decline in Ontario.
Decline in Quebec
For its part, Quebec has reported 853 infections and 17 deaths. Here too, this is a sharply declining balance sheet, which is found below the 1000 cases mark for the first time since February 1.
However, the situation is stagnating in hospitals, where there are six more patients (969 in total), including two more in intensive care (160 in total).
Manitoba followed the trend with just 53 cases and four deaths, the best toll in the province since mid-October.
In the Maritimes, New Brunswick seemed more than ever on the way out of the wave that has beset it since the start of the year, with just two new cases announced on Monday.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Newfoundland and Labrador unveiled 11 infections on Monday, the worst statistics in the province since last April. The toll is explained by an outbreak in a high school in St. John that is spreading in the provincial capital, detailed health authorities.
Saskatchewan remains grappling with a heavy toll of 171 cases and 2 deaths, which placed it Monday at the first of the provinces most affected by the virus, per capita.
Alberta, with 269 cases and a single death, and British Columbia, with 1,236 cases and 13 deaths spread over three days, also reported similar tolls in recent days.
However, the main Prairie province also detected 25 cases of COVID-19 variants over the weekend, compared to 40 in the Pacific province.
The British and South African variants – more contagious than the original strain – have indeed started circulating in the community, said Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. “The variant strain will not inevitably become the dominant strain. It depends on us and our work to limit the spread [du virus]», She underlined at a press conference.
A total of 3,859 cases and 70 deaths have been added to the Canadian toll, which reaches 808,120 and 20,835 deaths.
The situation in Canada:
- Ontario: 279,472 cases (6,538 deaths)
- Quebec: 270,911 cases (10,046 deaths)
- Alberta: 127,036 cases (1,710 deaths)
- British Columbia: 70,952 cases (1,259 deaths)
- Manitoba: 30,289 cases (850 deaths)
- Saskatchewan: 25,574 cases (341 deaths)
- Nova Scotia: 1,586 cases (65 deaths)
- New Brunswick: 1,346 cases (20 deaths)
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 427 cases (4 deaths)
- Nunavut: 299 cases (1 death)
- Prince Edward Island: 113 cases
- Yukon: 70 cases (1 death)
- Northwest Territories: 32 cases
- Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 808,120 cases (20,835 deaths)