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3:35 pm City warns residents to stop having bonfires on the waterfront
City officials have reported finding fire pits littered with garbage along the waterfront. Prior to the pandemic, people could book fire pits and receive a permit. Now that permits are not being issues, anyone caught having a bonfire could face a $300 fine.
3:30 pm Toronto reports 143 new COVID-19 cases, 31 more deaths
Toronto Public Health has reported 143 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the city’s total to 12,176. Of those cases, 9,472 have recovered, an increase of 168 since yesterday.
There are 349 patients in hospital, with 75 in intensive care, and another 31 people have died. In all, the virus has killed 921 people in Toronto.
11 am Ontario reports 455 new COVID-19 cases as total surpasses 30,000
Provincial public health officials reported another 387 more COVID-19 cases plus another 68 “that were impacted by a laboratory-to-public health delay.” The total new cases is 455 – the highest increase in new cases since 446 since cases were confirmed on Tuesday.
Ontario now has a total of 30,202 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of that total, 23,947 – or 79.3 per cent – are resolved, up by 364 since yesterday.
Another 35 people have died, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,407.
Testing continues to increase, 23,105 tests completed since yesterday, with 12,384 more cases under investigation.
There are 673 patients in hospital, with 117 in intensive care and 97 in intensive care on ventilators.
9:45 am Ontario extends emergency orders to June 19
The province has extended emergency orders to June 19. The orders were set to expire on June 9. The orders force the closure of restaurants and bars, except for takeout and delivery, and limiting gatherings to five people or less.
The Ontario government has amended orders to allow regulated health practitioners and some park amenities to reopen. Doug Ford is expected to announce details of the second stage of his economy recovery plan this week, including how child-care centres will reopen.
Ford’s government recently extended the state of emergency to June 30. The legislation allows the government to create and enforce emergency orders.
9:30 am Canada has more than 94,000 cases of COVID-19
There are 94,335 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 7,703 people have died.
The outbreak is a serious public health threat though most people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized.
Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People age 65 and over and people with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of contracting a severe case.