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Ontario reports 151 new COVID-19 cases; cracks down on price gougers; Canada tightens travel restrictions

The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada

1:14 p.m. Premier Doug Ford is taking aim at price gougers with stiff new penalties and a snitch line after blowing his stack at a Toronto store charging $29.99 for a package of Lysol disinfectant wipes.

The government is also poised to pass an order limiting gatherings to no larger than five people, down from the current 50, with exemptions for essential services and families.

1:00 p.m.: Ontario reported 151 new COVID-19 cases Saturday afternoon, an increase of 15 per cent bringing up the provincial total to 1,118. Those included 18 deaths, two of which have not been lab-confirmed, and eight people whose cases have fully resolved.

The number of people currently under investigation dropped by 1,384. There are currently 8,690 people under investigation in the province with 43,072 people approved for testing, 33,240 of whom tested negative.

12:45 p.m. Almost one-third of the people in hospital for COVID-19 are under the age of 40, Canada’s chief public health officer says.

“I am reminding Canadians not to underestimate the severity of this disease,” Dr. Theresa Tam told a news conference Saturday, noting there are now 55 deaths and 5,153 confirmed cases from testing across the country.

11:50 a.m.: The Chinese Embassy announced that the Bank of China is donating medical supplies (including 30,000 medical masks, 10,000 sets of protective clothing, 10,000 goggles and 50,000 pairs of gloves, followed by N95 medical masks) to Canada for its battle against the virus. That would amount to more equipment than Canada donated to China when the coronavirus was raging in Hubei province.

11:22 a.m.: The federal government is imposing domestic travel restrictions in the fight against COVID-19.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday morning that as of Monday, anybody exhibiting symptoms of the virus will not be permitted to board domestic flights or trains for inter-city trips.

Canada has already put sharp restrictions on international travel, including along the U.S. border, but has so far resisted imposing domestic travel restrictions on citizens.

Trudeau again urged Canadians to stay indoors if at all possible in order to slow COVID-19’s spread through the population. He said “social isolation” measures have been showing promise, particularly in British Columbia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that as of Monday at noon, people showing any signs of COVID-19 will be denied boarding on all domestic flights or inter-city transit trips.

Canada Press    3/28/2020


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