Canadian News Sep 21, 2020 6:39 PM EST

BREAKING: Doug Ford asking Trudeau Liberals for health care funding as COVID numbers spike

425 new cases of coronavirus were reported throughout the province of Ontario yesterday.

BREAKING: Doug Ford asking Trudeau Liberals for health care funding as COVID numbers spike
James Anthony The Post Millennial
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Premier Doug Ford addressed media from Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, providing updates on the newly expanded COVID-19 restriction across the province.

Ford was joined by Minister of Health Christine Elliot, as well as Dr. Barbara Yaffe.

Ford once again reiterated his recent call to the federal government for more funding towards health, a sentiment that was expressed by himself and three other provincial premiers on Friday.

Ford asked that the Trudeau Liberals "step up" to fund a greater portion of the province's health care.

Ford praised efforts by the province in their testing approach, calling it an "all hands on deck" strategy. Ford said that the province was testing more people than the rest of the country "combined."

The Ontario government is testing roughly 40,000 people a day, with sights set on 50,000.

COVID numbers grow in Ontario

425 new cases of coronavirus were reported throughout the province today, marking the third day of four days where cases broke the 400 threshold.

The current running total throughout the province is 47,274 as of this writing, with a total of 2829 deaths. Two more deaths have been reported today.  This last number of new cases is the highest that has been reported since early June.

The province of Ontario has ramped up their testing, with 31,700 tests being administered within the last testing periods. Right now there are a further 32,489 potential positives waiting for test results.

There are currently 14,416 people in Ontario who have recovered from the virus. 65 people are currently hospitalized, of which 22 are currently in intensive care, and 12 of those 22 are on ventilators.

As usual, the majority of new cases are in a few areas only. In this case, most of Ontario’s public health units reported 15 or fewer new cases.

Deepening a current trend, approximately two thirds of new cases are in the 20-39 age group. It should, however, be noted that not all cases have an age reported.

There are still 23 activate outbreaks in assisted living facilities for seniors throughout Ontario. The total number of deaths in these facilities is up one, to 1859 deaths in total. These still make up almost two thirds of total deaths.

On the other hand, there are still relatively few cases from schools since they have reopened. Out of a total of 4,828 Ontario schools, so far there have only been 90 new cases reported.

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