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Pharmacy testing causing problems
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 19, 2020



Good morning, Ontario. 

Here's what we're following: 

One-day dip in new COVID-19 cases 

Ontario reported 658 new coronavirus cases yesterday, down from 805 on Saturday. Most of Sunday’s new cases were located in Toronto and the GTA. There have now been 64,371 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province. Of them, 55,371 people have recovered and 3,046 have died.  

Doctors complain about coronavirus tests at pharmacies 

Physicians have told the Toronto Star that COVID-19 testing at drug stores is confusing for people to navigate and is more expensive for taxpayers than public assessment centres. “For a six-month period of preparedness, there is remarkable chaos. I don’t understand how we got to this point in October 2020, I really don’t,” said Camille Lemieux, medical lead at the COVID assessment centre at Toronto Western Hospital. In a written statement, the ministry of health defended the pharmacy program as “part of the government’s commitment to expand access to COVID-19 testing.” 

Polls say green recovery and balanced budgets not a priority 

Internal federal government polling from June found Canadians didn’t think fighting climate change should be at the centre of Canada’s economic recovery, Global News reports. Respondents prioritized an economy with a “focus on quality of life,” a “healthy” economy, and “job creation” over an “environmentally friendly” economy. The survey also found the massive deficit built-up in response to the pandemic was not a major concern for a majority of Canadians.  

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