Ontario Tops 5,000 Deaths from COVID-19

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Update

Thunder Bay – COVID-19 Update – There are now over 5,000 people in Ontario who have died as a result of COVID-19. The province is reporting 29 additional deaths from the virus, bringing Ontario’s total COVID-19 death toll to 5,012.

Today, Ontario is reporting 3,338 new cases of COVID-19, down slightly from the record numbers of cases set on the weekend.

Currently there are 931 new cases in Toronto, 531 in Peel Region, 241 in York Region, 168 in Niagara and 165 in Waterloo.

The province is likely to announce new stronger measures to seek to knock down the virus numbers.

The NDP is calling for Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams to attend the Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight on Tuesday to explain if and why he has recommended delay after delay in taking action.

“Again and again, we’re seeing Doug Ford choose to do too little, too late — including his choice to withhold modelling data we know he’s seen, and delay or refuse the public health protections that should have been implemented long ago,” said NDP Deputy Leader Sara Singh. “We are living through a longer, deeper and broader lockdown, with more agony and tragic loss, because Doug Ford keeps choosing not to invest in urgent, effective protections.”

The Emergency Management Oversight committee is the body tasked with reviewing Ford’s emergency orders, which are made unilaterally behind closed doors thanks to powers Ford gave himself.

“Dr. Williams needs to appear before the committee to explain whether he is recommending these delays, and why,” said Singh.