85 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Ontario, including two deaths

Eloise Marshall
March 26, 2020

Critical Care Services Ontario, a government body that was formed out of the SARS outbreak, said in a recent report the province set up its ventilator reserve in 2010 with 216 machines - which is actually six more than it has now, a decade later.

Dr. Williams was asked about reports of some long-term care homes not enforcing social distancing between long-term care residents.

To combat the spread, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that everyone arriving in Canada will have to be quarantined for 14 days or face arrest and fines.

Information on the ninth COVID-19 victim wasn't immediately available but the eighth death was an 80-year-old woman from Heritage Green Nursing Home in Hamilton, and the seventh was a woman in her 90s who had been a resident of Hillsdale Terraces in Oshawa. Of those cases, it appears that there are a higher number of middle-aged people who have tested positive in Ontario, though the data is far from complete.

At least five of the new cases are hospitalized, including a woman in her 20s in Peel.

"Today I'm ordering the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces in the province of Ontario", said Premier Doug Ford.

They're especially important now, given that COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can seriously affect the lungs.

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He told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that there would be a variety of jobs available, including parcel delivery and driving. Matt Hancock, the health secretary , last night announced the move to recruit 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS.

Ford says the next 36 hours will give non-essential businesses the chance to prepare.

A spokeswoman for Ford said mental health and addictions organizations have warned that "shutting off the supply of alcohol and cannabis would put undue pressure on the health-care system as those undergoing withdrawal sought medical attention".

Businesses that support IT infrastructure service providers, power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water will also stay open.

Ford added a list of what is essential and non-essential will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24.

The government has said working from home and online commerce are permitted to continue for all businesses. "The health of your friends, your children, and your grandparents depend on this".

"It makes no sense that you can't have your neighbour over for a cup of coffee yet construction sites are expected to continue operations", said executive director Phil Gillies in a statement.

Most of the cases are still pending at this time.

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