Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Ont-Coronavirus)

Ontario's total COVID-19 cases surged to 79 yesterday as 19 new cases were reported, including a man in his 80s who is hospitalized.

All of the other people with the illness -- in Toronto, York Region, Peel Region, Ottawa, Niagara, and Waterloo -- are in self-isolation.

Most of the new cases are in people who recently travelled aboard or had close contacts with other confirmed cases, however, six cases are not listed with specific sources of transmission.

Most people infected by COVID-19 experience mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and the vast majority recover. (The Canadian Press)

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(With-Ont-Coronavirus)

Ontario's chief medical officer of a health is recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of more than 250 people to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Dr. David Williams also says in the memo he issued yesterday that organizers of smaller events should consult with their local public health units.

Meanwhile, Toronto's medical officer of health announced Friday that all licensed child-care centres, libraries, recreation centres and swimming pools will be closed until April 5th.

Dr. Eileen de Villa also "strongly" recommended that anyone who has travelled recently outside of Canada self-isolate for two weeks.

Toronto Mayor John Tory, who returned from a trade mission to London, England, on Wednesday, says that advice also applies to him.

Tory says he "feels great," but will still go into self-isolation for the next 12 days as per Dr. de Villa's advice. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ford-First-Ministers)

Premier Doug Ford is urging the federal government to deal with what he calls the ongoing supply issues seen across Ontario.

Ford made the comments following a First Ministers' call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday.

Grocery shoppers in Toronto and other cities are facing long lines and empty shelves at some stores as the novel coronavirus outbreak has triggered panic shopping.

Social media users have shared photos and videos of closed entrances to manage crowds, bare shelves and massive check-out lines. …

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