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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on May 31

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Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the novel coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Sunday:

Ontario reports 326 cases, 19 deaths

Ontario reported 326 new cases of novel coronavirus Sunday morning, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 27,859.

Nineteen new deaths were also announced, bringing the total fatalities attributed to the virus in the province to 2,266.

Over 21,800 cases are considered resolved, which makes up 78.3 per cent of all confirmed cases.

More than 17,000 additional tests have been conducted bringing the total number completed in the province to 718,341.

READ MORE: Ontario reports 326 new coronavirus cases, 19 deaths as total cases surpass 27,800

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Status of cases in Toronto

There are 11,174 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 150 since Saturday.

A total of 8,446 cases are considered resolved.

The city’s death toll stands at 823, while there are currently 386 people in hospital with the virus, with 88 in intensive care.

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Ottawa announces nearly $8M in funding for Tourism Toronto

The federal government has announced that they will be providing nearly $8 million in funding to support Tourism Toronto.

Officials said the funds are meant to support the organization’s marketing efforts.

The announcement came as federal officials said Sunday there would be $70 million in new funding for the country’s struggling tourism industry, including $30 million for southern Ontario.

“Our tourism sector and the 1.8 million people it employs across Canada have been hit hard by COVID-19, and we’re here for them,” Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly said in a statement.

“During National Tourism Week, our message to the sector and those whose livelihoods depend on it is clear: we’re working with you to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. We’re working with you as our economy reopens so we can come back strong.”

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READ MORE: Canada to spend $30M to promote holidays at home amid COVID-19 border closure

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Patients moved to hospital from York Region long-term care home

York Region health officials say 18 residents at a long-term care home were transported to hospital Saturday night amid a coronavirus outbreak at the facility.

Officials said there have been 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Woodbridge Vista Care Community and 17 deaths.

SEIU Healthcare, meanwhile, is now calling on the provincial government to take over control of the home.

READ MORE: Vaughan long-term care home sends 18 to hospital during coronavirus outbreak

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Limit on prescriptions expected to end by July 1

Ontarians who rely on prescription medication will hopefully see an onerous COVID-19 precaution lifted by the end of June.

A 30-day limit on prescriptions was brought in by the Ontario government in the early days of the pandemic in an effort to prevent drug shortages.

Spokespeople for Ontario’s seniors’ community and the province’s pharmacy industry say they expect the limitation will be lifted within the month, returning to the usual 90-day maximum by July 1.

READ MORE: 30-day limit on prescriptions in Ontario expected to end by July 1

— With files from The Canadian Press