Hamilton, Halton and York entering red level as Ontario lowers COVID-19 restrictions threshold

The Ontario government announced it will be lowering the threshold on its new colour-coded COVID-19 restrictions system as coronavirus cases surge, bringing Hamilton as well as the regions of Halton and York into the red zone with Toronto and Peel Region. Ontario Premier Doug Ford made the announcement alongside Health Minister Christine Elliott and the province’s chief medical officer of […]

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Ujiri hopes Raptors can play in Toronto as COVID-19 cases spike

TORONTO — Raptors president Masai Ujiri says he hopes his team will play the next NBA season at Scotiabank Arena, despite rising COVID-19 cases both in Toronto and in the United States. Speaking Thursday morning on CBC Radio’s “The Current,” Ujiri said he was “sensitive” to the pandemic and understood the difficulties of playing the upcoming season in Toronto. The […]

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Doctors’ group calls for stricter COVID-19 measures as Ontario sees another single-day case record

TORONTO – A group representing tens of thousands of Ontario physicians is calling for the government to lower the thresholds for imposing stricter COVID-19 measures, as the province reports another record tally of new daily infections. The Ontario Medical Association says the tiered and colour-coded framework that determines when regions across the province can loosen or tighten restrictions is too […]

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Coronavirus: Front-line workers who left LTC homes in May won’t come back, commission hears

Many of the personal support workers who left Ontario’s long-term care system in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic due to poor pay and lack of full-time jobs have not returned, an independent commission has heard. Sharleen Stewart, the head of SEIU Healthcare – the largest union in the long-term care system representing personal support workers told the Long-Term […]

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Ontario reports 934 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

Ontario reported 934 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 73,819. Thursday’s case count is an increase from Wednesday’s which saw 834 new cases and Tuesday’s at 827 cases. Active cases in Ontario now stand at 7,578. According to Thursday’s provincial report, 420 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 169 in Peel Region, 95 in York […]

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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on May 22

Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday: 441 new coronavirus cases, 28 deaths in Ontario as total deaths surpass 2,000 Ontario reported 441 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, the highest case number reported this week, bringing the provincial total to 24,628 cases. The death toll has […]

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Coronavirus: Countries driving blind as they begin to reopen, expert warns

India‘s trains will start rolling again and millions in the Philippines will be able to leave their homes, even as an expert warns that many countries are driving blind as they reopen because they haven’t set up strong systems to track new outbreaks of the coronavirus. In the United States, some of the leading experts on infectious diseases are due […]

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Iran health workers say doctors, nurses among casualties of coronavirus ‘disaster’

They are regarded as heroes, their fallen colleagues as martyrs. But for doctors and nurses still dealing with Iran’s growing number of coronavirus infections, such praise rings hollow. While crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S. government left the country ill-equipped to deal with the fast-moving virus, some medical professionals say government and religious leaders bear the brunt of the blame […]

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