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Is the curve unflattening?
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 21, 2020
Yesterday's government report showed an increase of 390 cases in Ontario. (iStock/ffikretow)



Good morning, Ontario. 

Here's what we're following: 

COVID-19 numbers rising

Ontario’s daily count of new COVID-19 cases has nudged upward this week: yesterday’s government report showed an increase of 390 cases.

The report also showed 7,382 completed coronavirus tests — well below the province’s goal of 16,000 per day. "It kind of shocked me, too," said Premier Doug Ford. "But we have a strong plan to ramp up the testing." A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said that the testing decline may be due to the Victoria Day long weekend and to increased testing in long-term-care homes.

Health officials recommend use of cloth masks

Yesterday, federal and provincial public-health officials recommended that people use cloth masks or face coverings where physical distancing isn’t possible — such as in grocery stores and pharmacies. They say that masks are not a substitute for measures such as physical distancing, and that those under the age of two and those who have difficulty breathing or removing their own masks should not wear coverings. The provincial government says transit riders should always use masks.

Feds launch program to help big business

Applications are now open for the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility, which will provide bridge loans to companies with revenues of more than $300 million. "We want to make sure employers get the support they need to get through to better times so that Canadian jobs are protected," said federal finance minister Bill Morneau. publishing regional updates

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

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