Toronto, Canada’s largest city, will be placed into lockdown for four weeks to halt the spread of the coronavirus, according to the Office of the Premier of the Province of Ontario.
The number of cases “is rising rapidly in certain regions”, as pointed out by the premier, Doug Ford, in his announcement quoted by CNN, who also explained that the lockdown will serve to protect “hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province.”
The lockdown will include the region of Peel, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area. the measure will affect around 4 million people, of which 2.7 million live in the largest city of the North American country.
Indoor social gatherings or events that include members of different households will be banned, and outdoor gatherings will be limited to no more than ten people. Canada reported 4,977 new cases and 71 deaths over the past day, taking the country’s total cases to 324,152 infections and 11,385 deaths since the start of the pandemic.