More Than 80 Percent Of Ontario COVID19 Cases Are Now Resolved – Full Update

More than 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Ontario are now resolved. The announcement was made yesterday when the province announced just 251 new cases and only 11 more deaths. The number of resolved cases was up by 551 to 25,380. Most of the new cases reported yesterday were in the Greater Toronto Area — which is not being included when the province moves to a new stage of re-opening tomorrow.

Ford and Elliott Tested For COVID19:

Premier Ford and Health Minister Elliott did not appear for their daily COVID19 update yesterday because they had to get tested for COVID-19. Both of them attended a news conference with Education Minister Stephen Lecce on Tuesday, before he was notified that he had come into contact with someone who had the virus. Lecce’s office has now confirmed that he tested negative for the virus.

Opposition Won’t Give Trudeau Unanimous Consent This Time:

Promised COVID19 aid benefits for Canadians with disabilities, along with other measures, are now in limbo. The opposition parties have refused to give the required unanimous consent to pass the Trudeau government’s latest emergency legislation. The bill includes a proposed expansion of the wage subsidy program to include seasonal workers and some additional businesses, as well as proposed penalties for fraudulently claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. But the NDP refuses to support the CERB penalties, the Conservatives want the House of Commons to resume completely, and the Bloc Quebecois are demanding its three conditions be met first.

Canada Deficit:

Parliament’s spending watchdog says extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit could be an incentive for some not to go back to work as restrictions ease and businesses re-open. In a report released this morning, budget officer Yves Giroux says simply extending the maximum number of weeks to 28, and extending the program through to January 2021, would cost about $57.9-billion-dollars. The costs in the report don’t take into account what the government has already spent on the CERB, which now has a budget of $60-billion-dollars, up from an initial $35-billion dollars, because more people have claimed it for longer than expected.

Migrant Worker Infections:

Windsor-Essex health officials say they have seen a recent jump in COVID19 cases as a provincial effort to test migrant workers for the virus ramps up. The medical officer of health says 38 additional agri-food workers had tested positive for COVID19 on top of 34 cases reported Tuesday. Dr. Wajid Ahmed says more than 200 agri-food workers in the region have tested positive for COVID19 since the start of the pandemic. He says 90 per cent are temporary foreign workers.

Guelph To Require Masks In Public:

As Waterloo Region prepares to reopen tomorrow, so is Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph. Public Health there has taken a strong stance, requiring all persons who own or operate a commercial establishment to have hand sanitizer at the front door and prohibit anybody not wearing a facial covering from entering their establishment or face a $5,000 fine. That applies to indoor spaces only, not patios. For now, that rule is not going to happen in Waterloo Region. The acting Medical Officer of Health for says it’s still just recommended that residents wear a mask in all places where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, including on public transit.

Waterloo Region Numbers:

Yesterday Waterloo Region Public Health confirmed 7 new COVID19 cases in the area and 4 more resolved. The local total is now 1,183 but only 110 are active. Again, no new deaths were reported. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph reported only 4 new cases yesterday, for a total of 413.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: The Government of Ontario

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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan