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Toronto wants all non-essential businesses to close to stem spread of COVID-19

Citynews 1130 Vancouver
FILE - Pedestrians walk outside city hall in Toronto, where officials are recommending most businesses close due to COVID-19. (Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Summary

Toronto’s chief medical health officer is urging all but grocery, drug stores to voluntarily shut down immediately

Ontario recorded its second, and Canada's 10th death related to the novel cornonavirus Thursday

The total recorded number of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada is up to 779

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – The City of Toronto is recommending all businesses close except grocery and drug stores in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Toronto’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Eileen de Villa, is urging all non-essential businesses to voluntarily shut down immediately, adding restaurants should only be offering takeout or delivery services.

Earlier Thursday, Ontario recorded its second, and Canada’s 10th death related to the novel cornonavirus. Ontario also recorded 43 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total to 257.

Seven of the deaths in Canada are from B.C., while the other occurred in Quebec.

The total recorded number of confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in Canada is up to 779, including 10 at the CFB military base in Trenton, Ont.. Canadians there are under quarantine after returning from places such as Wuhan, China and from cruise ships where outbreaks were reported or suspected.