Doug Ford urges mass testing; condemns crowding at Toronto park

26 Mai, 2020, 12:07 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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In a statement to the province today, Premier Doug Ford urged residents not to let their guards down against COVID-19. During his daily briefing Ford was asked if he will consider rolling back the entire province because of the thousands of people who gathered at a Toronto park and for the most part ignored public health measures.

"My recommendation to anyone at Trinity Bellwoods, why don't you do us all a favour and go get tested now", he said Monday.

The 404 new cases represent an increase of 1.6 per cent over Sunday's total.

The new cases bring the total number of confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus since the outbreak began in January to almost 26,000. He says large employers and workplaces with big groups of employees will be tested.

The messaging is a marked change from earlier Ministry of Health guidelines for the general public, which said that only people displaying one or more symptoms of the novel coronavirus should be tested. "The people of Toronto are going to go into rural areas, and we need to tighten things up".

"If they continue to increase, that will be a time for us to stay paused to look at the situation, understand why the numbers are increasing, and take action or don't take action going forward".

It's also the seventh straight day that Ontario has failed to meet its goal of 16,000 tests a day, or its max capacity of 21,000.

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On Sunday, far fewer people were at the park, Toronto police said, noting that there were more cops and bylaw officers present to issue $1,000 tickets to those violating the rules.

The province now has 25,500 confirmed cases, which includes 19,477 resolved cases and 2,073 deaths.

Loblaws said the store was closed Sunday for a thorough deep cleaning and sanitization, but reopened on Monday.

"I'm asking the people of Ontario, if you are anxious if you have COVID-19, or that you've been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, even if you are not showing symptoms, please go get a test".

The province also plans to unveil a robust testing public awareness campaign this week that will be focused on hot spots, long-term care homes and large businesses. He says some areas are lighting up including parts of Peel Region, parts, not all of Toronto, and Windsor-Essex.

Ford said he was happy to see lineups for the first time at some assessment centres in the GTA on Monday. "I want as many people tested as possible, asymptomatic, symptomatic", he said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory apologized after photos surfaced online showing him speaking with people at Trinity Bellwoods with his mask pulled down over his chin on Saturday. "No fault of their own, by the way".

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