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Toronto, Canada's largest city, put into lockdown as infections soar

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

TORONTO, ONTARIO - June 29: The CN Tower and skyline is seen on June 29, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

Toronto, Canada's largest city, was placed into lockdown for 28 days on Friday, with officials shutting shops, businesses and restaurants and banning indoor gatherings to curb a growing spike in Covid-19 cases.

(CNN)Toronto, Canada's largest city, was placed into lockdown for 28 days on Friday, with officials shutting shops, businesses and restaurants and banning indoor gatherings to curb a growing spike in Covid-19 cases.

The lockdown will begin on Monday in the city and in Peel, a part of the Greater Toronto to the west of the city center.

"We cannot afford a province-wide lockdown, so we are taking preventative action today by moving Toronto and Peel into lockdown level restrictions," he said.

More than 1,400 new coronavirus cases were reported in Ontario on Friday, taking the province's total case since the start of the pandemic beyond 100,000.

The region has been battling a rapidly rising rate of infections, with Toronto particularly badly hit; the city broke its record for new infections on Tuesday and has reported several hundred new cases each day this week.

"With the numbers rising rapidly in certain regions, we have to make the tough, but necessary decisions now to protect our hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes, and every person in this province," Ford said.

Other parts of the province will move to higher levels of restrictions on Monday as well, but will avoid a full lockdown.

On Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country is "not there yet" when asked whether a new national lockdown would be imposed.

But he acknowledged that regional lockdowns could occur, saying: "I think we can work closely with the provinces to make sure we're all doing the right thing, without having to go heavy handed from the federal government. "

"People are safest when they stay home in Canada," he said.

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