Ontario extends emergency orders for COVID-19 pandemic until June 9

People await COVID-19 testing in Toronto on Monday

The Financial Accountability Officer reports that, of the $17 billion in new spending promised by the Ontario government to support the fight against COVID-19, $3.5 billion is either overstated or simply continues spending commitments from previous years, such as the province's electricity-price subsidies.

The province says the changes will be effective June 1 and last until October 31, while industrial and commercial businesses will also see an extension of the COVID-19 relief through the end of June.

Premier Doug Ford has spoken about testing asymptomatic front-line health-care workers, large workplaces such as food manufacturing facilities, groups such as truck or taxi drivers, and doing a second round of testing in long-term care.

We're not yet hitting the system's purported capacity of 21,000 tests per day, but the province is in much better shape right now than it was last week, both in terms of testing and new case numbers. Since May 1, the number of low-risk green homes has increased from 356 to 547, and the number of high-risk red homes has gone from 35 to 19. It includes 2,247 deaths and 21,353 cases that have been resolved.

Number of COVID-19 positive tests in long-term care homes decreased from 12.5% to 7.5%.

There were 20,640 tests completed on Friday, though the total was still below the province's daily capacity of almost 25,000 tests.

Ford is also sending in more inspectors to check on homes across the province.

"We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province", said Ford.

The provincial government also outlined numerous other measures taking effect in the coming days. No more than five people will be allowed to occupy a single campsite, unless they live in the same household.



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