As of today, the total number of patients infected with the coronavirus amounts to 188 in the province of Ontario, most cases being concentrated in the Toronto area. Ontario still has the highest number of cases followed by BC with 186, but provincial governments are taking all necessary measures to slow down the spread of the virus.
Credit: Carlos Osorio, Reuters
Just today the Ontario Government declared state of emergency to fight the coronavirus outbreak. According to Ontario’s premier Doug Ford “COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions, we must act decisively, we must not delay”. In doing so, the province of Ontario is closing all restaurants, bars, movie theatres, recreation centres and childcare facilities.
Restaurants will be able to operate only on a take-out/delivery basis. Pharmacies and grocery stores will remain open, as well as public transit for the time being. The state of emergency is expected to last until March 31st for Ontario.