Ontario to announce "shutdown" today: source

As the number of COVID-19 patients in Ontario's intensive care units hits a record high, the Ford government is leaking information about restrictions they are characterizing as a "shutdown."

TORONTO — The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario is expected to announce a 28-day provincewide "shutdown" today to stop the spread of COVID-19 as an alarming spike in cases threatens the critical care system.

A source with knowledge of the restrictions discussed at an hours-long cabinet meeting Wednesday night says the final details of the new measures will be worked out this morning.

The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the announcement, says schools will remain open after the Easter weekend.

Premier Doug Ford urged Ontarians earlier this week to stay home and not make plans for the Easter long weekend in anticipation of the new rules.

Ontario reported 2,333 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 15 more deaths linked to the virus.

The province also had 421 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units -- a new high.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 1, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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