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Ontario reports 375 new coronavirus cases, 27 deaths

Ontario Premier Doug Ford provides an update on the province's response to COVID-19

Ontario reported 375 new cases of novel coronavirus Saturday morning, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 3,630.

Twenty-seven new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 94.

Coronavirus outbreak: Ontario reports 375 new COVID-19 cases, total now 3,630
Coronavirus outbreak: Ontario reports 375 new COVID-19 cases, total now 3,630

There are now 506 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ontario — an increase of 44 since Friday’s report — with 196 of them in intensive care and 152 on a ventilator.

Over 1,200 people have recovered from the virus, while over 1,300 cases remain under investigation.

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Saturday’s announcement marks an 11.5 per cent increase in cases, compared to a 16.5 per cent increase reported on Friday.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said it appears public health measures are beginning to have an impact.

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“We’ve seen that we’ve had impact, as Ontarians collectively,” Williams said.

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“We’ve bent the curve to some extent. We’d like to bend it even further.”

Officials said there have been 36 outbreaks confirmed at long-term care homes in the province.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Ontario health official says province has ‘bent the curve’ but more work must be done

Two additional deaths were confirmed at a Bobcaygeon, Ont. nursing home, bringing the overall death toll to 23.

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Meanwhile, a second province-wide emergency alert was sent out Saturday afternoon advising Ontarians to stay home unless “absolutely necessary” amid the pandemic.

In a press conference, Ford again expressed frustration with U.S. President Donald Trump, who recently told a manufacturer to stop sending medical masks to Canada.

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Ford called it “unacceptable” and said Ontario will “never” again rely on other countries for medical equipment, promising to build up manufacturing for those supplies in Ontario.

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Health officials previously said projections suggest Ontario can see anywhere between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a bid to further curb the spread of the virus, Ford recently announced new workplace closures set to take effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, including most construction sites, except for essential projects like hospital construction.

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