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.
#BREAKING Ontario’s Minister of Health says based on the recent #COVID19 numbers, there will be a four-week long “pause” on any further reopening of the economy. She acknowledges this comes on the first day of school for many Ontario families. @680NEWS pic.twitter.com/tl4UPKn94J
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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.