The major COVID-19 developments in Ontario for March 17
A COVID-19 test kit is shown at a coronavirus evaluation clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
TORONTO -- The government of Ontario officially declared a state of emergency on Tuesday morning amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is the latest news on the virus from across the province for March 16:
- Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott says a COVID-19 patient has died in the Muskoka region. It is unclear if the virus is the cause of death.
- There are twelve more cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario, bringing the provincial total to 190.
- Ontario Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency as the province tries to slow the spread of COVID-19. Ford made the announcement alongside Health Minister Christine Elliott, Finance Minister Rod Phillips and Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones at Queen’s Park.
- Shoppers Drug Mart will set aside an hour each day for seniors and people living with disabilities to pick up the items they need amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has led to long lines and widespread reports of panic buying at some retailers.
- Toronto Mayor John Tory says city hall will be closed to public.
- WestJet Airlines says it is suspending all international flights -- including to the U.S. -- for the next 30 days to help control the spread of COVID-19.
- Toronto Mayor John Tory promises St. Patrick's Day 2.0. after COVID-19 crisis runs its course.
- The Arkells is offering free music lessons on Instagram for people in self-isolation.
- Ontario freezes new evictions and temporarily halts scheduled eviction notices due to COVID-19 pandemic.