December 17th local time, statistics released by the Ontario government, Canada’s largest province, showed that 2,432 new cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the past 24 hours.
This is the third consecutive day in the province that the number of cases has exceeded 2,000. As of the 17th, there were about 17,500 confirmed cases in the province, of which 919 were inpatients, 263 were in intensive care, and 172 had to be maintained on ventilators.
The Ontario Hospital Association issued an emergency press conference on the same day, saying, “Now there are more than 2,000 new infections per day, and the hospitalization rate and intensive care unit use are rapidly increasing. The situation is already very serious.
The statement pointed out that at the brink of the public holiday, the public ignored the necessary health measures and held various gatherings. The consequences of these adventurous gatherings are crushing Ontario hospitals.
Therefore, the Hospital Association “had to and deeply regret” called on the provincial government to “implement its four-week blockade measures and strictly enforce the law” in areas with a relatively severe epidemic and red grade.
The red area is mainly the Greater Toronto area and Windsor-Essex County, which is also the most densely populated area in Ontario.