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Coronavirus: Ontario issues 2nd COVID-19 emergency alert

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WATCH ABOVE: (March 27) Premier Doug Ford says his government is using every tool in its toolbox to fight this pandemic and keep Ontarians safe. A province-wide emergency alert was broadcast reminding returning travelers they are required by law to self-isolate for 14 days. Miranda Anthistle reports – Mar 27, 2020

Ontario issued a second province-wide emergency alert regarding coronavirus Saturday afternoon, advising residents to stay home amid the pandemic.

“Stop the spread. COVID-19 can be deadly,” the message read.

READ MORE: Ontario reports 375 new coronavirus cases, 27 deaths

“The time to act is NOW. Everyone but essential workers need to stay home. Only go out if absolutely necessary to pick up groceries, prescriptions, or go to a medical appointment. Ignoring self-isolation or physical distancing advice can have devastating effects and endanger lives.

“Protect yourself and others. Stay home.”

During a press conference earlier Saturday, Premier Doug Ford announced his government would be issuing the message.

“If it takes mass messages to every single person in Ontario to save even one life, I’m prepared to do that,” Ford said.

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It was the second emergency alert the province has sent out regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

READ MORE: Ontario government issues emergency alert on COVID-19 due to coronavirus pandemic

On March 27, the government sent out an alert to cellphones, radios, and TVs notifying travellers returning to Ontario that they must self-isolate for 14 days.

It told them, “DO NOT visit stores, family or friends.”

Meanwhile, Ontario reported 375 new cases of coronavirus Saturday morning, including 27 deaths.

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