Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is subject from Monday to “containment” in the face of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toronto and much of its suburbs “will be placed in lockdown” for at least 28 days from 12:01 a.m. Monday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Sunday.
Any indoor private gathering will be prohibited under penalty of a fine, non-essential businesses closed, and restaurants will only be able to carry out take-out sales or home deliveries. Religious services, funerals and weddings will be limited to ten people. But the schools will remain open.
“The situation is extremely serious”, explained Mr. Ford. “We cannot risk seeing our hospitals overwhelmed,” he added, as the most populous province in Canada has just passed the milestone of 100,000 contaminations.
The epidemic has killed more than 11,000 in Canada, of which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged his fellow citizens on Friday “not to gather with friends, not to celebrate birthdays, to stay virtual, to stay at home as much as possible “.