Coronavirus updates: Ontario will lift the 30-day prescription limit; Toronto to close 10 km of roads for ActiveTO this weekend


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Case summary

  • As of June 10, there were 31,544 known cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
  • 25,885 cases were resolved in the province and 2,487 people died.
  • As of June 10, there were 13,063 cases in Toronto, 10,558 cases recovered and 965 people have died.

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9 a.m. Councilor Michael Ford admitted to hospital after positive test for COVID-19

Etobicoke North Ward 1 councilor Michael Ford was admitted to hospital on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19 and showing symptoms.

“Based on advice from Toronto public health, he went to the Humber River hospital for further testing,” Ford spokesman said in a press release, according to CP24. “The hospital continues to monitor his condition, but overall, he is feeling well. ”

Ford is the nephew of the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford. Prime Minister and Minister of Health Christine Elliott got tested for COVID-19 earlier this week after Minister of Education Stephen Lecce contacted someone who had been tested positive. All three of their tests came back negative.

9 a.m. The city will close 10 kilometers of pedestrian and bicycle routes this weekend

More than 10 kilometers of roads will close under the city’s ActiveTO program.

The closings will start on Saturday at 6 a.m. and will last until Sunday at 11 p.m.

The eastbound lanes of Lakeshore West from Windermere to the stadium will close, as will the Gardiner Expressway exit eastbound to Lakeshore West (# 146). The eastbound lanes of Lakeshore East between Leslie and Kew Beach Avenue – just south of Woodbine – will also close.

Finally, Bayview from Front East to Rosedale Valley and River between Gerrard East and Bayview will also be close to traffic.

9 a.m. Ontario Lifting 30-Day Supply Limit For Prescription Drugs

The provincial government is lifting the 30-day supply limit for prescription drugs. As of Monday, people can fill up to 100 days of medication now that the drug and drug supply has stabilized, the government said in a statement.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott implemented the measure in March to prevent drug shortages due to hoarding at the start of the pandemic.

“With the stabilization of the drug supply, people can safely return to their regular prescriptions,” she said in a statement. “It will be much more convenient for people, especially for our seniors and our vulnerable citizens.”

The Ontario Drug Benefit beneficiaries’ co-payments will also revert to their previous amounts.

8:30 a.m. Lockdowns are easing in regions outside the GTA

Today, more businesses will reopen outside of Toronto and Hamilton.

Patios in restaurants, hair salons, museums, swimming pools and film productions will be allowed to reopen or resume as part of the second phase of Ontario’s reopening plan. Of the province’s 34 public health units, 24 will move to step two today.

Across the province, the limit for social gatherings will be increased from five to ten people, but people must maintain a physical distance of two meters from other people outside their homes.

Day care centers are also allowed to reopen with health and safety measures in place, including capacity limits.

The Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton will remain in Stage 1, along with Windsor-Essex, Lambton County, Niagara Region and Haldimand-Norfolk.

The province is expected to announce whether or not more regions will advance to stage two on Monday.

Learn more here.

8:30 a.m. Canada has over 97,000 COVID-19 cases

There are 97,530 cases of COVID-19 in Canada and 7,994 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 years of age and older and people with weakened immune systems and / or underlying medical conditions have a higher risk of getting a serious case.



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