(ONTARIO) – As of 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, all non-essential stores and services are ordered by Ontario Premier Doug Ford to close.
Today, health officials confirmed 78 new cases of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 virus that has the world in a pandemic. Ontario now has 503 confirmed cases.
Ford said “This decision was not made lightly, and the gravity of this order does not escape me,” during a press conference today. He says this order is for fourteen days going forward.
WATCH LIVE: Premier Doug Ford and ministers provides update on the province's ongoing response to COVID-19 on March. 23, 2020.
Posted by CBC Toronto on Monday, 23 March 2020
Tomorrow, a list of what an essential and non-essential service or store will be released by the government.
Ford urged the public “Every Ontarian must do their part. If you can, please stay home, only leave if necessary.”
About 8,417 tests are awaiting results in Ontario while 28,500 tests have had results come back in. Ontario has 58 COVID-19 assessment centres dedicated to the virus.
Two COVID-19 deaths happened yesterday which were a man and a woman in their 70’s.
Testing is still lagging behind in the district of Thunder Bay, which is likely a major factor to our region remaining seemingly “coronavirus free” at the moment.