The premier of Canada’s most populated province declared a state of emergency Tuesday as officials grappled with burgeoning cases of the coronavirus.

“This is not a decision made lightly,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “COVID-19 represents a danger of major proportions. We have taken this measure because we must offer our full support of every power possible to help our health-care sector fight the spread of COVID-19.”

All bars and restaurants except those offering takeout or delivery were ordered to close immediately, as were movie theaters, parades, churches, private schools, indoor recreation programs, libraries and child care centers.

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