Canada’s most populous province Ontario may have to begin suspending non-essential surgeries again starting in two weeks as surging coronavirus cases fill hospital intensive care units, according to modeling released on Thursday.
Rising cases in neighboring Quebec prompted the province’s government to weigh temporary school closures, while Alberta, which has Canada’s second-highest rate of active cases, banned group fitness and team sports for two weeks in some regions.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to talk to premiers on Thursday about the spread of the virus, having already urged them to do more.
Ontario’s data puts the province on track to hit 6,500 new cases per day by the end of December with a 5% increase per day. It reported a record 1,575 new cases on Thursday.