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The state of emergency extended to June 2, as Ontario confirms 308 new COVID-19 cases.

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Published on May 11, 2020 with No Comments

Ontario reported 308 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the third straight day that the growth rate in new cases has been below 2 per cent.

The province has now seen a total of 20,546 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began in late January. Nearly 74 per cent of those are now resolved.

Ontario’s official death toll rose to 1,669, an increase of 35 since the last update. Data compiled from regional public health units, however, put the actual death toll at at least 1,733.

The province’s network of labs processed 13,970 tests, a decrease from a record 17,618 the day before last and below the 16,000 tests per day target instituted last week. The backlog of tests now sits at 9,018.

After dropping by 55 on Sunday, the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in hospitals shot back up to 1,027, an increase of 66. The number of those in intensive care units remained steady, falling by one to 194, while patients on ventilators increased by seven to 147.

Ontario’s legislature will sit Tuesday and is expected to extend the province’s state of emergency to June 2, while also holding question period again.

A statement from the government house leader’s office says unanimous consent is expected to quickly vote on all stages of the bill to extend the state of emergency past its current expiry of May 19.

Politicians have returned to the chamber — with physical distancing protocols — several times since the pandemic began to extend the state of emergency, but have now also agreed to regular question periods.

The sessions will be held Tuesday, as well as May 19, 20, 26, 27, June 2 and 3.

The government says it is consulting with opposition parties about the possibility of extending sittings into the summer.

Only 42 out of Ontario’s 124 members will be allowed in the chamber at any given time to ensure physical distancing.


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