Coronavirus updates: Toronto identifies two sites for modular housing; Ontario extends state of emergency until June 30

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Case summary

  • As of June 1, there are 28,709 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
  • 22,484 cases have been resolved in the province and 2,293 people have died.
  • As of June 1, there are 11,513 cases in Toronto, 8,738 recovered cases and 835  people have died.

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10:15 am City reveals two locations for modular housing projects

Toronto is accelerating a plan to build modular housing on two city-owned sites.

On Tuesday, the city revealed further details of the project that will see see 44 bachelor apartments built at 150 Harrison on the former site of the 14 Division police station and 56 bachelor apartments built at 11 Macey, near Victoria Park and Danforth.

The properties will be managed by “qualified, non-profit housing providers,” the city said in a news release, and the homes will be pre-fabricated and installed on site. Each self-contained bachelor unit with have a kitchen and washroom. There will also be a shared communal kitchen and administrative and program space. 

On April 30, council approved an expedited plan to build a  250-unit modular housing project on city-owned land for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.

The first phase of the project is expected to be ready for occupancy by September 2020 and another 140 units will be complete by April 2021. The plan passed 23-1, with only councillor Stephen Holyday opposed.


8:30 am Canada has more than 92,000 cases of COVID-19

There are 92,410 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 7,395 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.


8:32 pm Ontario extends state of emergency until June 30

The province has extended the state of emergency until the end of the month.

On Tuesday, the Ontario legislature voted to approve the move, which allows the government to create and enforce emergency orders, such as the closure of non-essential businesses and prohibiting gatherings of five people or more.

Ontario has been under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 17.


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