Coronavirus updates: Ontario expected to extend state of emergency to June 30


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Case summary

  • As of May 31, there are 28,263 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
  •  22,153 cases have been resolved in the province and 2,276 people have died.
  • As of May 31, there are 11,338 cases in Toronto, 8,630  recovered cases and 828  people have died.

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8:30 am Ontario expected to extend state of emergency to June 30

Doug Ford’s government is going to ask the Ontario legislature to extend the state of emergency to June 30.

The emergency legislation, which gives the government power to create and enforce emergency orders, expires today and has been in effect since March 17.

“We need the ability to go out there and make quick decisions absolutely immediately,” Ford told reporters during a Queen’s Park press conference on Monday.

“That will hopefully get us over the hump per se – that’s another four weeks and we just want to make sure everyone is safe and healthy. We want to get the economy going and we need that tool to make that happen.

“It all depends on the situation we’re facing,” he added. “If we’re seeing that everything is moving in the right direction, numbers are moving down then we don’t need to [extend it again]. If we see the movement hasn’t happened then the option’s on the table.”

8:30 am Canada has more than 90,000 cases of COVID-19

There are 91,705 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 7,326 people have died.

The outbreak is a serious public health threat though most people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized. 

Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People age 65 and over and people with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of contracting a severe case.