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Coronavirus: Ontario Extends State Of Emergency, Pledges More Help For Long Term Care Homes

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TORONTO — Ontario extended its state of emergency for another four weeks on Tuesday, as Premier Doug Ford pledged to move more resources to the province’s hard-hit long-term care homes.

Ford said the fight against COVID-19 is not over and it’s too soon to lift restrictions imposed during the pandemic, saying Ontario still faces a “clear and present danger.”

“As long as COVID-19 continues to spread; as long as our seniors and those most vulnerable are at risk — Ontario must remain in the position to take any and all actions necessary to fight this virus,” the premier said.

To that end, Ford said his government would issue a new order Tuesday night deploying more staff to long-term care homes. There are currently more than 90 outbreaks in such facilities across the province.

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The order will also make it mandatory that those workers only report to one facility each, Ford said — something several health-care worker unions have been requesting for weeks.

The legislature extended the state of emergency in the province Tuesday afternoon during a brief session at Queen’s Park.

The continued order will see non-essential businesses and child-care centres closed for another 28 days.

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Ford also acknowledged the province’s schools won’t re-open in early May as planned, promising a more detailed update from the education minister in the coming days.

Source: https://globalnews.ca/news/6814747/ontario-state-of-emergency-extended-coronavirus/

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