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Ontario issues stay-at-home order as hospitalizations spike

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A pedestrian walks across Wellington Street West in the financial district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Premier Doug Ford said further lockdowns could happen as a government agency that tracks hospitalizations reported the biggest single-day jump in admissions of patients to intensive care since the pandemic began, CBC reports. Photographer: Galit Rodan/Bloomberg

The province of Ontario, including Canada's most populous city, Toronto, will be under a stay-at-home order for at least four weeks beginning Thursday as a third wave of the pandemic threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

(CNN)The province of Ontario, including Canada's most populous city, Toronto, will be under a stay-at-home order for at least four weeks beginning Thursday as a third wave of the pandemic threatens to overwhelm hospitals.

Hospital admissions in the province increased by 20% in the last day alone and ICU occupancy has already set a pandemic record this week as the health care system relies on surge capacity and patient transfers to keep up with Covid-19 patients.

"This isn't the news any of us wanted, but hospitalizations are surging, ICU beds are filling up, variants are spreading and even people who had convinced themselves they didn't need to be concerned are getting sick," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference Tuesday, adding this is a "very serious" third wave of the pandemic.

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