The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada

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Effectively immediately, the province of Ontario has declared a second state of emergency due to unsafe levels of rising cases of COVID-19. It's very simple. Stay home.

Instead of forcing everyone indoors at a certain time, as of 12:01 am Thursday, people will only be allowed to venture out for essential reasons like grocery shopping.

"Everyone must stay home to save lives".

Ontario health officials say 11,231 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered across the province on Tuesday and 144,784 doses have been administered in total.

Since the implementation of the province-wide shutdown over two weeks ago, the latest modelling trends in key public health indicators have continued to worsen. "We're doing everything we can as health workers to protect our patients and the public, but our ERs are full and we need the provincial government to equip workers with paid sick days so they can protect themselves".

Escalating case counts have led to increased hospitalization rates and intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy which has resulted in cancellations of scheduled surgeries and procedures.

"Because once we had opened those Pfizer vaccines and we could not move them at that stage, we did not want to waste them obviously", he said.

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The study followed patients discharged from Jin Yin-tan Hospital in Wuhan, where the virus emerged, and their median age was 57. According to research published on Saturday, this presents the need to further investigate the lingering effects of COVID-19.

Data also shows that mobility and contacts between people have not decreased even with the current restrictions.

Individuals are required to wear a mask or face-covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open.

All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. These restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell groceries and foodstuffs, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery, said the news release.

Also commenting at the Tuesday event was Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones who said the idea of the emergency declaration is to have people live by the restrictions of no more than five persons (beyond your family) at any gathering and to avoid any non-essential travel.

"We have made great strides in vaccinating tens of thousands of Ontarians, and we can't let these efforts go to waste".

"If people would just default always, not just today when its not yet clear but tomorrow and the day after that, to staying home when there is any doubt in their minds that would go a long way to dealing with the COVID situation", he said, while adding that the city is seeking clarity on a number of issues.

Over 144,000 doses of the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine have been given out, including over 45,000 to health care workers in long-term care homes and retirement homes.

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