Ontario confirms 100 new coronavirus cases, as numbers near 700

Katie Ramirez
March 27, 2020

Transmission by travel and within the community are now equal based on COVID-19 confirmed lab tests for Canada.

The Ontario government is providing $200 million in social services relief funding to help protect the health and safety of the province's most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Travel was implicated in some of the cases, but the source of the COVID-19 infection was still under investigation for most of the new cases.

However, it is important to note that there is still no information about 66% of Ontario's confirmed cases.

In Northern Ontario, another confirmed positive COVID-19 case was reported yesterday - a man in his 30s in the district of Timiskaming - bringing the total confirmed cases in the north to 10.

Public Health Units data shows that there are now 46 confirmed cases of people who contracted the virus after returning from our southern neighbours.

Health officials said that of the 100 new cases, five patients required hospitalization.

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The closures will come into effect March 24 at 11:59 p.m. and a full list of businesses that are permitted to stay open will be made available the same day.

All non-essential businesses in Ontario will be ordered to close for 14 days as of the end of the day Tuesday.

A lengthy list of businesses that will be allowed to remain open includes grocery stores and pharmacies, alcohol and cannabis retail stores, gas stations, construction sites and dry cleaners.

"I have heard the same stories form construction workers directly", said Ford. Vital services like power and telecommunications will also keep running. He said that shutting down those services, as well as cannabis services, may create a "burden on the healthcare system" during the pandemic.

The government has said working from home and online commerce are permitted to continue for all businesses. "We want to work collaboratively with the construction trades, we have a phenomenal relationship with them, but to put their workers, in some cases, not all, in jeopardy by going into an outhouse and seeing it overflowing, not having proper water in outhouses, hand sanitizers, it's unacceptable".

Most of the cases are still pending at this time.

Ford defended the decision to keep construction going, noting there are now thousands of homes being built in Ontario.

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