Ford reveals one thing he would change in Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 crisis

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TORONTO –
Ontario Premier Doug Ford Says He Didn’t Think About Themselves When Coping With The COVID-19 Epidemic, But Rather Focuses On Supporting front line workers, essential workers who risk their health to serve their community.

In a one-on-one interview with CTV News Toronto, the Prime Minister spoke with a hint of optimism – a stark contrast to his statement about “the dark days ahead” a few hours earlier. He said that his family was “doing very well” at home and that his thoughts were with the people who go to work every day in the middle of the pandemic.

“I think of the front line workers, nurses and doctors who arrive day after day. I think of the cashiers who come day after day. Bankers … I’ve probably left out hundreds of other professions that are essential services. I want to thank them, “said Ford outside of Queen’s Park.

“I just want to reassure them. They have an army behind them and that army is the 14.5 million people in Ontario who support and encourage them. “

On Wednesday afternoon, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Ontario exceeded 2,000. Although there have been 37 virus-related deaths confirmed by Ontario health officials, the 34 offices of Local public health officials in the province have reported 68 deaths.

Asked about the discrepancies between the number of deaths related to COVID-19, as well as the accuracy of the number of cases in the province, Ford said he “should look into it.”

He added that his government met with health officials several times a day to share information and he expected to get “fairly accurate” data from the chief medical officer of health.

Ford is making increasing efforts to ensure that medical facilities have enough supplies to care for patients with the sometimes deadly virus. Earlier today, he announced that his government will launch a $ 50 million fund to help businesses adapt their operations to produce medical supplies and personal protective equipment.

“We are really working to make sure we have companies that can produce items here in Ontario instead of relying on people around the world facing the same crisis as us,” said Ford. “We are lucky. We are opening up the manufacturing power of Ontario businesses and they are intensifying. “

The Prime Minister added that if he had had a crystal ball three months ago, he would have bought protective gear.

“But nobody had this crystal ball to see how far it was going. “

While Ford has said it believes the majority of Ontarians take care to distance themselves physically from each other, his office still receives reports of people congregating in parks and beaches. As Easter weekend approaches, he asks people to only get together with their immediate family.

“People want to reunite with extended family members, we just ask you not to do it,” he said.

“We’re going to get through this and there are going to be a few bumps on the road over the next few weeks, but if we all stay together, if we follow the protocols of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, we will get there much faster.” “

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