A look at the numbers

There are four more cases of COVID-19 in the local districts, three in Greater Sudbury, one in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Algoma Health Unit says the latest case involves international travelling and is in self-isolation.

Public Health Sudbury says two of the cases are due to community spread, the third to close contact.

All four individuals are in self-isolation.

Canada’s chief medical officer of health says we can expect a sharp increase in the number of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in the days ahead.

Doctor Theresa Tam notes that those numbers usually trail an increase in new cases by at least a week.

The number of severe infections continues to rise across the country.

There was an average of almost 12-hundred people being treated in hospital, and 40 deaths per days, across the country over the past week.

Tam notes more outbreaks are occurring in community settings and gatherings.

The number of new coronavirus cases in Ontario dropped to 987 yesterday, down from Tuesday’s record high, but the number of deaths rose by 16 yesterday.


Ontario budget presented today

The Ford government will present its first budget since the start of the pandemic today….and it’s expected to detail how it will proceed with the battle against the effects of COVID-19.

The fiscal outline is expected to offer a multi-year approach to build on the programs the government has already offered.

There’s already been 30-billion dollars in provincial spending on pandemic-related measures, with a projected budget deficit for this year of at least 38-billion dollars.

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