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Ontario releases new COVID-19 modelling as Quebec braces for new restrictions

Last Updated Sep 30, 2020 at 12:38 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Health officials in Ontario said today that further measures could be coming to fight COVID-19, as neighbouring Quebec prepares to shut down bars, restaurants and most in-home gatherings in its two largest cities.

New modelling released today by the Ontario government predicts daily new case counts could reach 1,000 by the first half of October.

Dr. David Williams, the province’s chief medical officer of health, says further measures to fight the pandemic could be announced as the data is analyzed.

The government has already introduced new restrictions in recent days, such as closing strip clubs and limiting hours of operation for bars and restaurants, which are not reflected in the modelling.

Meanwhile, Quebec announced 838 new cases as the government prepares to implement 28 days of tough restrictions in three regions, including Quebec City and Montreal.

Beginning tomorrow bars, restaurant dining rooms, concert halls, cinemas, museums and libraries in so called red zones will close, and people cannot have any visitors at their homes from another address, with the exception of a caregiver or service provider.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept 30, 2020

The Canadian Press