In order to curb the excessive increase of COVID-19 cases and relieve the pressure on hospitals caused by relevant patients, Doug Ford, Governor of Ontario, Canada, announced on the 21st local time that the southern part of the province will enter a lockdown from 00:00 on December 26, at least until January 23, 2021.
The lockdown in the northern region lasted until January 9, 2021.
This decision is two days later than previously reported by the media, and does not include Christmas on the 24th and 25th, apparently to avoid public dissatisfaction.
Earlier that day, the provincial medical department released a forecast model of the coronavirus epidemic, showing that if stricter lockdown measures were not implemented, 300 coronavirus patients in the province would enter intensive care by the end of this year, and by mid-January next year, the number would exceed 1,500, accounting for intensive care patients in the province. 75% of the house.
At this time, it will exceed the limit of hospital admission capacity.
According to the coronavirus statistics released by Ontario on the same day, 265 coronavirus patients have been admitted to intensive care units, exceeding the highest number of 264 patients requiring intensive care during the first round of the epidemic.
Another notable figure is that as of the 21st, the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario exceeded 2,000 for seven consecutive days.
Several key indicators, including hospitalization rates and deaths, show that the severity of the second round of the epidemic has comprehensively exceeded that of the first round.