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Toronto mayor says province should impose full lockdown to protect health-care system

Premier has said his government will announce new COVID-19 measures on Tuesday


Toronto’s mayor says the province should move to “urgently” impose a full lockdown similar to the one implemented during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Tory told Toronto television station CP24 this morning that he believes a return to the widespread closures of last winter could help prevent the health-care system from being completely overwhelmed.

He said the province should shut down more businesses, including big box stores, so that people have “fewer places to go” and return to restricting their own activities.

The mayor said those steps should be taken “ASAP,” noting acting fast is as important as getting the details right.

Tory stopped short of calling for a curfew, however, saying it would be better for residents to regulate themselves.

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Premier Doug Ford has said his government will announce new COVID-19 measures on Tuesday.

The province reported 3,338 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, 931 of them in Toronto.