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COVID-19: Ottawa’s top doctor asks to move city into grey-lockdown zone before long weekend

Ottawa’s top doctor has asked Ontario officials to move the region into the strictest level on the provincial COVID-19 framework as surging levels of the virus threaten to overwhelm the city’s health-care system.

Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s medical officer of health, said Wednesday that she has asked her counterparts at the provincial level to shift the nation’s capital into the grey-lockdown zone from the red-control level before the upcoming long weekend.

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The move, which rests in the hands of the province, would end indoor dining and put tighter limits on outdoor gatherings.

Etches said Wednesday that the COVID-19 situation in Ottawa has become dire, adding that entering the province’s red zone on March 19 failed to curb the spread of the virus locally.

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