Ontario Reports 137 New Cases of COVID-19, Majority in People Under 40


Ontario reported 137 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, one less than the previous day’s total, according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.The province’s lab network performed more than 26,000 COVID-19 tests on Saturday, Elliott said in a tweet.

Twenty-seven of Ontario’s public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, and 14 of them are not reporting any new cases.

Ottawa reports 26 new cases, while Windsor-Essex reports 25 new cases.

Elliott said 58% of the new cases reported on Sunday were in people under the age of 40.

Ontario has recorded a total of 38,680 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak.

A total of 34,359 cases were marked as resolved. According to the ministry, 2,763 people have died from COVID-19.

As of Sunday, 87 people were hospitalized, 29 in intensive care units and 21 of them on ventilators.

A CBC News tally based on data provided directly by public health units, which avoids delays in the provincial reporting system, puts the current toll at 2,792 deaths as of 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Toronto, Peel, Windsor-Essex awaiting news from stage 3

Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex will learn on Wednesday whether they will move to Stage 3 of the province’s plan to reopen, Premier Doug Ford said on Friday.

“I hope we have some good news to share on Wednesday,” Ford said. “I’ve always said it, we can’t rush this. ”

Seven regions officially began the third stage of the plan to reopen the province last Friday. These are Hamilton, Niagara, Durham, York, Halton, Haldimand-Norfolk and Lambton.

In step 3, indoor dining in a restaurant or drinks in a pub are allowed. Gyms and cinemas are also allowed to reopen.

Divorcing couples can find mediation faster, experts say

Meanwhile, as the COVID-19 pandemic makes it harder for couples filing for divorce to appear in court, some family lawyers in Ontario say people might have more pressure to turn to alternative methods like mediation.

Court operations, including divorce and other family matters, were largely suspended in mid-March, with only emergency cases heard.

In-person appearances began to gradually resume earlier this month, and more cases are also being heard remotely, but experts say a backlog of cases will cause further delays for divorce proceedings ongoing and new divorce proceedings.

At the same time, some family law attorneys across the province say demand for such services has not declined during the pandemic – and some report it appears to have increased.

In Ottawa, a group of family lawyers launched the Virtual Family Law Project to help provide remote alternatives to the court system, such as mediation or videoconferencing arbitration, during the health crisis.

Gerald Yemensky, one of the lawyers behind the project, says he hopes more people will consider these avenues even after the courts return to full force.


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