Coronavirus: Latest Developments in the Greater Toronto Area May 8

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Here is a summary of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Friday:

477 new cases of coronavirus, 63 deaths in Ontario, the total number reaching 19,598

On Friday, Ontario reported 477 new cases of new coronavirus, bringing the provincial total to 19,598.

The death toll rose to 1,540, while an additional 63 deaths were reported.

In the meantime, 13,990 people have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, or 71.4% of cases.

Public health units in the Greater Toronto Area account for 61.3% of all cases in the province.

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477 new cases of coronavirus, 63 deaths in Ontario, the total number reaching 19,598

Raptors to resume limited training as Ontario eases sport restrictions

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The Toronto Raptors are expected to allow players to access the OVO Sports Center next week for training, albeit on a limited basis.

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Only one player will be allowed in the building at this time and must wear a mask at all times, except on the field.

The announcement came as Ontario eased restrictions on professional sports teams, allowing them to open their facilities starting on Friday.

Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture, said training facilities could reopen, provided the leagues have health and safety protocols in response to COVID-19.

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Ford admits he visited his Muskoka cottage

Premier Doug Ford admitted on Friday that he briefly visited his cottage over the Easter weekend, although he told Ontarians to stay home.

Ford said he went to his Muskoka cottage early in the morning of Easter to check on the plumbing.

“It weighed on me because a few years ago we blew up pipes – a terrible mess, thousands of dollars in damage, and that night, I thought about it,” said Ford.

He said he left for the cottage at 6:30 am, checked the plumbing and was home before noon.

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Garden centers reopen completely

Garden centers in Ontario were allowed to reopen completely on Friday while hardware stores are preparing to do the same on Saturday.

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The Ford government announced on Wednesday that it would ease restrictions on garden centers to fully reopen after previously allowing only curbside pickup.

Meanwhile, storefront retail stores will be allowed to open for curbside pickup on Monday.

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– With files from The Canadian Press

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