Ontario extends state of emergency until June 30 after it reports 446 new COVID-19 cases

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Date Published: June 3, 2020

Source: CBC

The Ontario government voted on June 2 to extend the state of emergency until June 30 after the health ministry reported 446 additional cases of COVID-19, which represents a 1.6% increase in total cases and brings the total number of cases to 28,709. Around 78.5% cases are now resolved. Only yesterday, CBC news revealed that hundreds of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Toronto area were not flagged properly and it is not clear how many untraced contacts of these cases may be included in today’s figures. Ontario’s network of 20 labs processed 15,244 samples on Monday, a second straight day below its target of 16,000 despite a backlog of 10,622 samples and a maximum capacity of 25,000. The Ontario Ministry of Health’s official death toll is 2,293 with about 79.5% of all deaths from residents of Ontario’s 309 infected long-term care homes. At the news conference, Premier Ford said the province will be continuing to work on a regional, phased approach to reopening. Ford also stated that all Service Ontario locations should open up in the “next couple of weeks” and the province will extended expiry dates on a number of items, including driver’s licences, health cards and vehicle plate stickers.

Read the full article here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-coronavirus-ontario-june-2-state-of-emergency-1.5594615

Summary by: Sophia Duong