“I’m here to ask for your help today,” said Ford on Sunday.
“If you feel you need a test, you can do it. So please don’t wait. “
The announcement comes as Ontario confirmed 460 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, marking the highest number of new cases of COVID-19 since May 8.
On Saturday, the province processed 11,383 tests on a daily benchmark of 16,000.
New testing regulations began on Saturday, with asymptomatic frontline health workers tested across the province.
The province will also begin a second round of testing in long-term care homes, which have been the hardest hit by COVID-19.
The province now has a total of 25,500 cases, including 19,477 cases resolved and 2,073 deaths.
However, a CBC News count, compiled from regional public health offices, shows at least 2,140 deaths today.
The increase in the number of cases represents an increase of 1.8% over Saturday’s total, and the daily growth rate has hovered between 1.5 and 1.9% in most of the past two weeks.
Toronto officials condemn “dangerous” behavior in park
Meanwhile, Toronto officials condemn the “dangerous” behavior of those who flooded a popular downtown park on Saturday, saying it could cause an increase in COVID-19 cases.
A statement released by the city on Saturday evening said that thousands of people filled up on Trinity Bellwoods Park during one of the first hot days of the year despite physical regulations.
“Today’s images of thousands of people gathered in Trinity Bellwoods Park were unacceptable,” the city said in a statement released on Saturday evening.
“Gatherings like this one, where people don’t keep their distance from others, run the risk of significantly slowing Toronto’s efforts to stop the transmission of COVID-19.” “