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Ford to Ontarians: “Please go get a test”
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 25, 2020
Per yesterday's government report, there are 25,500 cases in Ontario, an increase of 460 — the largest one-day increase since May 8. (iStock.com)

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COVID-19 curve trending upward

Per yesterday's government report, there are 25,500 cases in Ontario, an increase of 460 — the largest one-day increase since May 8. It’s the fourth consecutive day of more than 400 new cases. To date, 2,073 people in Ontario have died from the virus.

Ford urges Ontarians to get tested

Sunday’s government report also showed 11,383 completed COVID-19 tests, meaning the province fell short of its 16,000-test goal for the seventh consecutive day. "I am here to ask for your help today," said Premier Doug Ford. “If you are worried if you have COVID-19 or that you've been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, even if you're not showing symptoms, please go get a test.” Ford said anyone who wanted a test would not be turned away and that the province would be releasing a new “detailed testing strategy” this week.

Toronto crowds spark outrage

Large crowds gathered in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday, spurring online outrage and leading to an increased police presence on Sunday. “We have a health emergency that continues here,” Mayor John Tory told the Toronto Star. “So please, give your head a shake and think about this carefully.” “I thought it was a rock concert at the beginning,” said Ford.  “The images I saw — we just can’t have that right now.”

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of COVID-19 news items from across the province. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is this weekend’s edition.


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COVID-19: The week in review with epidemiologist David Fisman

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David Fisman, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto, is involved with Ontario's coronavirus-modelling group. He spoke with TVO.org assistant editor Nathaniel Basen on Friday, saying he's frustrated by the lack of public-health creativity at the provincial level. "There are lots of good ideas. Get out of your damn Queen’s Park bubble and use it. I know I sound frustrated, and I realize you’re a journalist, and this is probably going to torch a few more friendships for me, but I learned at this hearing that the burn rate for Canada is $12 billion a week," he said. "We need to get this job done and start getting the economy open, but, instead, we’re stuck in second gear. I honestly think the premier has some really hard decisions to make. I get the whole ‘don’t change horses in midstream’ thing, but if you’re surrounded by folks who are in the most important public-health fight of their careers, and they are proving again and again that they just cannot get the job done, then I think he has to find people who can get the job done."


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