Ontario reports 9th death, 100 new COVID-19 cases

Pablo Tucker
March 26, 2020

"To all the snowbirds and the Canadians returning home from overseas, you must self-isolate".

All are self-isolating, except for one woman in her 20s who has been hospitalized.

The death of a woman in her 90s from Durham Region was also reported.

There was, however, still no transmission data for almost two thirds of the province's 588 known cases as of Tuesday as public officials continued the painstaking work of contact tracing in order to confirm or rule out community transmission.

The ministry is investigating all occupational health and safety concerns, spokeswoman Janet Deline said in an e-mail response. Nineteen of the individuals are confirmed to have contracted the virus while on overseas travel to places like the U.K., Singapore, Italy, Dubai, Austria, Brazil and the USA, while five were infected from close contact with existing cases. The facilities were already restricting non-essential visits.

The data also shows that 71% of Ontario's COVID-19 cases are travel-related, while only 22% of patients got the virus from close contact.

Nearly 20,000 people have tested negative.

Construction labour groups are raising concerns about working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic as companies and governments respond with a range of strategies.

To combat the spread, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that everyone arriving in Canada will have to be quarantined for 14 days or face arrest and fines.

Here in the Sudbury area, there have been four positive COVID-19 cases. "We must put our collective well-being above all else".

Ford says the next 36 hours will give non-essential businesses the chance to prepare. Other provinces have encouraged people to stay away from them in order to practise social distancing. "The health of your friends, your children, and your grandparents depend on this".

Dry cleaners were exempted because they provide an important service to front-line workers who have to wear uniforms, and many provide laundry services, said Ivana Yelich, a spokeswoman for Ford.

The legislation allows direct government support for people and businesses hurt by the closure of commercial life as well as tax deferrals. The provincial government will reveal a full list of what essential businesses will remain open on Tuesday.

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