The province announced yesterday that York Region is joining the other three COVID-19 hot spots in moving back to a modified Stage 2 of pandemic protocol starting Monday.
"Most concerning of all, critical care admissions are reaching alarming levels".
The province's government urged Quebecers to shrink their social circles even further as the province reported another 1,055 new cases on Friday.
Elliott says 93 of the latest cases are in York Region, with 374 recorded in Toronto, 107 in Peel Region and 70 in Ottawa.
The province has imposed tough new restrictions due to rising COVID-19 numbers.
The new rules in Winnipeg limit gatherings of people to five, and state that beverage rooms, bingo halls and casinos must close.
Of the 44 new cases, 25 are from Winnipeg, nine from Interlake-Eastern, six from Southern Health, and two each from Northern and Prairie Mountain Health regions.
Ontario is reporting 805 new cases of COVID-19 today and 10 new deaths related to the virus.
A report released Friday found that Quebec may have dodged a public health disaster by rolling out lockdown measures across much of the province earlier this month. It is the lowest single-day tally of new cases in nearly two weeks.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters that the federal government is prepared to step in to ensure provincial authorities are protecting older Canadians from the outbreaks that ravaged long-term homes in several regions last spring.
"As we can see from the current disease activity, each part of the country is experiencing the pandemic differently".