- Ontario announced more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row on Saturday.
- The Progressive Conservative government has come back with stricter health measures to prevent the now-dominant Omicron variant of COVID-19 from overwhelming the healthcare system.
Ontario announced more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row on Saturday, as capacity limits returned to large venues in the province due to the threat caused by the Omicron variant.
Ontario’s 3,301 diagnoses seen for the highest daily tally since May.
Hospitalizations were on the rise, with 382 people in the hospital — including 294 who are either unvaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status. A day earlier, 358 people were in the hospital due to the virus.
The Progressive Conservative government has come back with stricter health measures to prevent the now-dominant Omicron variant of COVID-19 from overwhelming the healthcare system, which experts said can happen in a matter of weeks if the status quo continues.
Premier Ford first announced on Wednesday that large venues would see their capacities limited, with the rule coming into effect was the first thing on Saturday morning.
On Sunday, restaurants and retailers will see their capacity cut down 50 percent. The limit on indoor social gatherings will be reduced from 25 people to 10, and the limit on outdoor social gatherings from 100 to 25.
In the province, 86.2 percent of five and older residents have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 81 percent have at least two doses.
Ontario administered 168,923 more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.
On Saturday, the mayor of Ottawa tweeted that he was tested positive for COVID-19.
Jim Watson stated he is asymptomatic and will isolate for eight days.
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