Feds secure more vaccine doses as Ontario sets new lockdown measures
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While the province reported the fewest new daily cases in more than a week at 2,903, it is also reporting 41 new deaths and 138 new admissions to hospital.
There are now nearly 400 people with COVID-19 in intensive care in Ontario, almost twice the number who needed critical care at the beginning of December.
The new modelling projects that under Ontario’s current COVID-19 restrictions, daily deaths from the disease will double from 50 to 100 by the end of February.
Projections show there will be about 500 COVID-19 patients in intensive care by January and potentially more than 1,000 by February in more severe scenarios.
Experts compiling projections for the government say the growth of COVID-19 is accelerating in Ontario, growing at seven per cent on the “worst days.”
Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province has also detected eight more cases of the COVID-19 variant from United Kingdom, bringing the total number detected across Canada now to at least 22.
Meanwhile, Trudeau also announced the Canada-U.S. land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Feb. 21 — another 30-day extension to the restrictions in place since mid-March.