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In a press conference today, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that he will extend Ontario's state of emergency for another 28 days. Ford also expressed urgency for the government to perform more tests.
Ford made no guarantee that the lockdown would end after these 28 days, making it clear that he would not risk a second coronavirus wave.
He will introduced this bill in Ontario's legislature tomorrow when MPPs will return to debate education, childcare and municipal housing issues.
During his announcement, Ford took time to praise Ontario's medical workers and those who worked throughout the long weekend in order to keep the provinces's economy chugging along.
"We need to procure the tools [medical workers] need," said Ford. "I am laser-focused in doing that." Ford has kept to his word on this: over the past 13 days the province has acquired 13 million surgical masks. "Much more is on the way," added the premier.
Ford said his goal is to hit 8,000 tests by the end of April, however, it remained "very frustrating."
"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the more people we test the quicker we're gonna put an end to this ... I'm frustrated."
"We have everything available that we need. If they say 8,000, I wanna see 8,000. Let's test everyone ... I'm sold on making sure we get the front line health workers tested," added Ford.
Doug Ford ended his press conference by saying that the government needs to "get these damn tests done," as he sees it as vital for defeating the virus and opening up the economy.