COVID-19: With 234 new cases, Ottawa is approaching ‘gray zone’ of full lockdown, Etches warns

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Quebec reported 3,127 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including 41 new virus-related deaths, 12 of which occurred in the past 24 hours.

Data shows 24 of the deaths occurred between January 2 and January 7, while five occurred before January 2.

Hospitalizations edged down to 1,392 province-wide, with 206 patients in intensive care.

In Ontario, Premier Doug Ford and the provincial deputy medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe warned on Friday that even stricter measures may be needed if the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections cannot be brought under control.

“We are in a very serious situation. We need to consider all possible measures to contain this infection, ”Yaffe said. “We don’t want more people to die, we don’t want the ICUs to be overwhelmed. We don’t want the morgues to be overwhelmed. And I know we don’t want to scare people off, but on the other hand, I think there is too much complacency.

Ford warned of “dire” consequences if Ontarians do not follow the measures and suggested that the current 28-day lockdown, which began on December 26, could be extended if the pandemic continues to worsen .

Meanwhile, Canadian Heritage announced on Friday that Winterlude 2021 will be virtual.

“In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s priority to protect Canadians, we have decided to host Winterlude online in a way that brings all Canadians together and allows them to express their love of winter in a virtual environment, ”a press release said.

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