Did Manitoba wait too long to ramp up COVID-19 restrictions?
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister insists his province's restrictions are the most stringent in the country.
France on Wednesday became the latest European country to toughen anti-coronavirus measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and eight other cities from Saturday, while Germany and Ireland also ramped up restrictions. Manitoba's health minister strongly hinted that further COVID-19 restrictions are coming, saying 'what we are doing is not yet working.' New cases in that province and in B.C. are being linked to private gatherings.
»» About 55 million people in England face the two toughest coronavirus tiers when lockdown ends next week, with 23m of them in Tier 3.
Thousands of jobs are at risk and businesses say they may not survive winter if the restrictions continue.
Hospitality venues under the most severe restrictions will be closed in the run-up to Christmas, unless they can provide takeaway or delivery services, and households will be forbidden from mixing indoors. Boris Johnson is set to unveil a new system for implementing COVID-19 restrictions.