Premier Doug Ford Media Conference

Grant Boone
April 26, 2020

The Ministry of Health says the death toll from the virus is now at 811, and another 925 people are currently in hospital.

Peel Public Health says 30 residents have died in long-term care homes.

Front line healthcare workers will be getting a raise to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. The total number of cases in the province sits at 13,995, which is 3.5 per cent increase over the number reported on Friday.

The latest government figures showed more than seven million people had applied for the $2,000-a-month Canada Emergency Response Benefit, with the federal government having paid out $22.4 billion - close to the amount budgeted.

"We know what's absolutely critically important within this pandemic is that we flatten the curve", said Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for Simcoe Muskoka region.

A sunny day in Toronto has led to the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford questioning the morality and intelligence of a group of protestors gathered outside the legislature at Queen's Park in Toronto to voice their opinions against COVID-19 measures on Saturday afternoon. "We have to make sure - we've come such a long way - that we protect the health and the well being of every single person in this province".

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Data reported by the Ministry of Long-Term Care indicates there have been 2,287 residents confirmed positive for the virus and 573 have died - 105 of those deaths have reported in the last 24 hours. "At this time, it is critical the dedicated and hard-working staff in these homes operate in an environment free from outside distractions so they can focus on saving lives and delivering quality care to their residents". Sixteen deaths have been reported in Brampton and one death has been reported in Caledon.

He said about half of all new cases reported today were in long-term care homes, meaning community transmission outside those homes has dropped to a relatively low level.

There have been three deaths from COVID-19 so far in the province.

Ontario health officials reported Saturday morning 476 new cases in the province, down from 640 yesterday and 634 on Thursday.

"What's also been critical is the way people have abided by this and complied with this", said Gardner.

Ford cautioned against that, saying all areas of the province are connected.

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