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Ontario to start four-week 'pause' after jump in COVID-19 cases after long weekend

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Sep 8, 2020 at 10:55 am PDT

FILE - Deputy Minister and Health Minister Christine Elliott speaks during a swearing-in ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday, June 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
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Ontario to start four-week 'pause' after another jump in COVID-19 cases after long weekend

Ontario is reporting 185 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday

According to the Daily Epidemiologic Summary, there have been zero deaths in the past two days

The Ontario government has announced it will pause any further re-openings in the province for four weeks as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

On the heels of Canada’s top doctor expressing concerns about the rise in the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus, Ontario reported 185 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

That prompted Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliot to order a four-week long “pause” on any further reopening of the economy. She acknowledged the order comes on the first day of school for many Ontario families.

Ontario confirmed 185 new cases on Monday, as well as 158 cases on Sunday.

Premier Doug Ford says he’s concerned with the uptick being seen in Toronto, Brampton, and Ottawa as well as other areas in the province. Ford also says he’s frustrated with large social gatherings, saying people need to be more responsible; a sentiment that was echoed by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, doctor David Williams.

Cases now total 43,536 in the province to date.

According to the Daily Epidemiologic Summary, there have been zero deaths in the past two days and there was an increase of 238 resolved cases.

The province shuttered all schools on March 13 cases of coronavirus disease began to rise.