Ford Warns A COVID-19 ‘Surge’ Is Coming To Ontario Soon

The Premier says "thousands of lives are at stake."
Toronto Staff Writer
COVID-19 Cases In Ontario Are Going To Face A 'Surge', Ford Warns

On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford warned residents that COVID-19 cases in Ontario will "surge" in the upcoming weeks. While he was not able to give an exact date on when this surge would come, he states that there is currently very little that is separating Ontario's situation from those in Italy and Spain. Both European countries have death tolls that have exceeded 9,000.

In a conference, Ford states that practicing social distancing is still extremely important as we prepare for the weeks ahead. 

"The next few weeks will be absolutely critical because we know a surge is coming," he revealed. 

"My friends, the hard truth is, right now, today, there is very little separating what we will face here in Ontario from the devastation that we have seen in Italy and Spain. Thousands of lives are at stake," Ford said during the press conference. 

When asked by a reporter about when the surge is coming, Ford responded, "We can't give an exact time frame ... we know it's coming over the next few weeks."

"Can I say it's tomorrow or the next day? I can't give you an exact time, but I know we are going to face it over the next few weeks, and we just want to prepare people to practice social distancing," he continued.

In addition to the warning, Ford also stated that Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, is instructing all Ontario municipalities to enforce self-isolation for those who test positive for COVID-19, as well as anyone who has come in contact with individuals who have the virus. 

The provincial government also announced it will be donating $15 million as part of the Ontario Together Fund in an attempt to get manufacturers in Ontario to begin making medical equipment and personal protective equipment.

"If we're going to beat this enemy, we need to remember this virus doesn't spread on its own. When we limit contact with one another, the deadly reach of this virus slows down,” Ford warned during the update.

The news comes days after Ford announced that the government was extending the provincial state of emergency for another two weeks. 

Currently, the province has 2,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of Wednesday afternoon. 

Thirty-seven of these cases resulted in death, while 689 cases have been resolved. 

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Patrick John Gilson
Toronto Staff Writer
Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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