Ontario rejects regional phase-outs of COVID-19 restrictions

The per capita rate of COVID-19 infections in the Kingston area is less than one-quarter of the provincial average. 
Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press

Date of Publication: May 8, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ford government is rejecting a region-by-region approach for loosening emergency restrictions and will run the province as a single unit. The latest provincial data on COVID-19 infection rates in Ontario’s public health units showed significant regional differences. Larger cities tended to have higher per-capita infection rates, but several rural areas were among the hardest hit. While these regional differences exist, it is important to recognize that the virus does not observe regional boundaries. If restrictions were loosened up in one region, people could end up flocking to the area.

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-end-lockdown-physical-distancing-regional-1.5545600

Summary by: Angus Lau