Toronto is the capital of Ontario, the most populous of the 10 provinces, where cases could treble by the end of May unless tough restrictions are imposed, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. cited sources as saying.
Some Ontario hospitals say they are close to breaking point as the latest wave rips through the province. The head of its main nurses organization is demanding a full lockdown including a curfew.
"In Toronto in particular, numbers are breaking record after record ... there's no doubt that Canada's largest city is struggling under the weight of this third wave. So we're going to do whatever it takes to help," Trudeau told reporters.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU: Canada continues to face an incredibly serious situation with this third wave. Cases are rising rapidly. In many cases, in many places, numbers are higher than they've ever been before, and far too many hospitals are stretched way too thin. In Toronto, in particular, numbers are breaking record after record, and ICU hospital beds are filling up. There's no doubt that Canada's largest city is struggling under the weight of this third wave, so we're going to do whatever it takes to help.
On vaccination, in particular, Ontario has reached out for more support. I can tell you today that we are standing by to deploy the Canadian Red Cross to help with their mobile vaccination teams. This is about getting doses to people where the situation is most serious.
And to all Canadians, I know you're exhausted. I know you're all sick and tired of COVID-19. I know nobody wants to be in this third wave. Nobody wants to be facing further restrictions. We just want to be done with this. But we know how to do what we need to do. We need to follow the public health rules. We need to hang in there and hunker down for a number of more weeks.
Nobody wants to do this. I got in an argument with my 13-year-old this morning who doesn't want to do this. Nobody wants to do this, but we know that if we hang in there, hunker down, and follow the rules for the coming weeks, as much as we're tired of them, as much as we're frustrated, we have a chance of getting to this summer in much better shape.