BREAKING: Ontario Orders All Non-Essential Business to Close

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(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.

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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.”

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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.

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