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Coronavirus variants spreading, hospitals reaching capacity, Ontario premier says

Apr 08, 2021

A stay-at-home order is in effect across Ontario in response to worsening COVID-19 trends in the province.

Premier Doug Ford announced the move Wednesday, saying it was prompted by a surge in cases driven by more infectious variants.

“The reality is, despite everything we’ve done so far, the COVID-19 situation in Ontario is getting worse as these new variants continue to spread,” Ford said. “Our hospitals are reaching capacity and patients in the GTA must now be sent to other parts of the province for care.”

Health officials in Ontario reported 3,125 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 additional deaths on Wednesday. A provincial dashboard that provides an overview of case data put hospitalizations at 1,397, with 504 people in intensive care units “due to COVID-related illness.”

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