Coronavirus: Hamilton shutdown likely to last beyond April 6, says EOC director

Hamilton’s director of the emergency operations centre (EOC) says in light of the new coronavirus pandemic – and a bump to 23 positive cases in the city on Thursday – residents are going to have to adjust to “a new reality” over the next couple of months.

Public health officers in Hamilton say it’s unlikely many will become infected with COVID-19, but have admitted the situation is rapidly evolving, particularly with travel-related cases from abroad.

Paul Johnson says that’s why he’s not convinced the city’s target of April 6 to evaluate re-opening services following their shutdown is realistic.

“I become less and less convinced that that is a date that we will be simply opening everything back up. I think we’re unlikely to see that,” Johnson told Global News.

City services and facilities have essentially been shut down and closed to the public since March 17 to limit the spread of the new coronavirus.

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