Ontario in grip of second Covid-19 wave that will be 'worse than first', officials say

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Canadian province logs record 700 new daily infections as rise in cases follows gradual reopening and return of schools
Ontario has set a new record for daily coronavirus cases, as the province officially entered its second wave of Covid-19, and officials warned that it will be "worse than the first".

Ontario logged 700 new Covid-19 infections on Monday – well above the previous highest daily total of 640 on 24 April – as the premier, Doug Ford, warned residents to expect a "more complex" and "more complicated" surge of the virus in the coming weeks.

"We know it will be worse than the first wave, but we don't know how bad the second wave will be," said Ford. "Our collective actions will determine if we face a wave or a tsunami."

Ford called Monday's numbers in Canada's most populous province "deeply concerning" and pleaded for residents to download the country's Covid-19 alert application.

New modeling from health officials suggests the province will hit a peak around mid-October, with new cases likely to exceed 1,000 a day, unless drastic action is taken by local and provincial governments.

The surge is a bitter turn for the province, which was able to get new daily infections below 100 earlier in the summer. But a…
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