A lockdown and stay at home order is being extended in Canada’s largest city until at least March 8.
The shutdown in Toronto began on November 23 after a second novel coronavirus wave hit the province.
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said it was a difficult but necessary decision.
Scientists say the UK variant found in Ontario spreads more easily and is likely more deadly, but so far existing vaccines appear to be effective against it. Canada has had a shortage of vaccines until this week.