Top COVID-19 stories and news
- As of May 24, there are 25,904 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
- 19,698 cases have been resolved in the province and 2,102 people have died.
- As of May 23, there are 10,035 cases in Toronto and 759 people have died.
The latest local and Canadian news on novel coronavirus
11:34 am Trudeau will push for 10 days paid sick leave for all Canadian workers
The prime minister said today that he is in discussion with the premiers to make 10 days paid sick leave mandatory for all workers across Canada.
“Nobody should have to choose between taking sick leave or paying their bills,” Justin Trudeau said during his daily press briefing today.
Trudeau added that Ottawa is continuing discussions with provincial leaders to ensure that the policy is implemented when the economy begins recovering from the pandemic.
“We will also be looking at other longer-term mechanisms to support workers who need sick leave,” he added.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said on Monday that his part’y’s support for the government’s plan to continue suspending full sittings of parliament is conditional on a paid sick leave policy for all Canadians.
10:40 pm Ontario reports 404 new COVID-19 cases, 29 deaths
Provincial public health officials have reported an increase of 404 new COVID-19 cases since yesterday. The new increase in cases are down from yesterday’s 460.
Ontario’s total number of cases is now 25,904. Of those cases, 19,698 are considered resolved.
Another 29 people have died, bringing the provincial death toll to 2,102. The total number of long-term care residents who have died is 1,323.
The province continues to fall short of testing targets, with 8,170 tests completed since yesterday’s report. Another 3,883 cases are under investigation. Premier Doug Ford’s daily testing goal is 16,000. He has promised to release a “detailed testing strategy” this week after announcing yesterday that anyone who thinks they have COVID-19 can now get tested, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms.
9 am Two Loblaws employees test positive for COVID-19
Two employees at the Loblaws store at 60 Carlton (at Church) have tested positive for COVID-19, the store said in a statement posted on social media. The two staffers last days at work were May 13 and May 18, and neither had symptoms at the time.
The store closed on Sunday for deep cleaning and will reopen on Monday
“We have a number of protocols in place at the store-level, including daily sanitization and social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure to our customers and team members,” the statement reads. “We will work with the local public health team on any further directions.”
9 am John Tory apologizes for failing to physical distance in Trinity Bellwoods Park
John Tory has posted an apology online and photos circulated on social media showing the mayor conversing with people in Trinity Bellwoods Park with his face mask pulled down.
“I want to apologize for my personal behaviour yesterday. I visited Trinity Bellwoods Park to try to determine why things were the way they were,” the mayor wrote on Sunday night. “I fully intended to properly physically distance but it was very difficult to do. I wore a mask into the park but I failed to use it properly, another thing I’m disappointed about. These were mistakes that I made and as a leader in this city, I know that I must set a better example going forward.”
Thousands gathered in the west-end park on Saturday afternoon without following physical distancing rules, prompting a stern response from unattributed city of Toronto officials, medical officer of health Eileen de Villa and Toronto Board of Health chair Joe Cressy.
9 am Canada has more than 84,000 cases of COVID-19
There are 84,699 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 6,424 people have died.
The outbreak is a serious public health threat though most people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized.
Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People age 65 and over and people with compromised immune systems and/or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of contracting a severe case.