Top COVID-19 Stories and News
- As of April 29, there were 16,187 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
- 10,205 cases were resolved in the province and 1,082 people died.
- As of April 30, there were 5,551 cases in Toronto and 366 people have died.
The latest local and Canadian news on the new coronavirus
10 a.m. Toronto Pride Parade to be held online June 28
This year’s Pride Parade is online.
Pride Toronto will host the annual event, which attracts more than a million people, at 2:00 p.m. June 28, the culmination of its month-long celebration of virtual pride.
“The virtual pride parade will remain true to our political roots and reflect our community,” the organization said in a statement. “We will honor our courageous past, celebrating the progress we have made and remain vigilant to the continuing needs of our community. We will help highlight problems, challenge conventions, support our community and promote security. “
Details of how the parade will run online have yet to be announced. Read more here.
9:10 a.m. City council accelerates modular housing for homeless people
Toronto City Council approved an accelerated plan to build a new 250-unit modular housing project for the homeless.
To be built on land belonging to the city, the first phase of the project will include 110 prefabricated units which should be ready to be occupied by September 2020 and another 140 units by April 2021. The plan was adopted on 23- 1, with only Councilor Stephen Holyday opposed.
Modular housings are prefabricated in the factory, then transported to the site where they can be quickly assembled. This method allows for shorter construction times and the ability to move units to other locations.
A city report cites the current COVID crisis as part of the project’s drive. “Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Toronto was already experiencing an unprecedented demand for homeless services due to a number of factors, including the lack of affordable housing options in the city,” said the report. “Despite the addition of 3,000 shelters since 2015, shelter occupancy remains at maximum capacity with more than 8,000 shelter users each night.”
Read the full story here.
9:05 a.m. Toronto extends state of emergency until end of crisis
In a virtual session, Toronto city council voted unanimously to extend the state of emergency “until the end of the COVID-19 municipal emergency,” the city said in a statement.
Mayor John Tory declared a state of emergency on March 23. This decision, a first in the city’s history, gives the mayor the power to make decisions that would normally be made by council.
The extension also means that emergency physical distance regulations requiring that people who do not live together remain separate in parks and public places will remain in effect.
9 a.m. Canada has over 53,000 cases of COVID-19
There are 53,236 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 3,184 people have died.
The epidemic is a serious threat to public health, although most of the people who contract the virus have not been hospitalized.
Symptoms include cough, fever, difficulty breathing and pneumonia in both lungs and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. People 65 and older and people with compromised immune systems and / or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of getting a serious case.