CANADA: Ontario To Maintain Lockdown Until June 2

Ontario reported 2,759 new cases and 31 more deaths Thursday.

Ontario’s stay-at-home will remain in place until “at least” June 2, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday.

Ford said the province should will be able to lift restrictions on outdoor recreation by that date, with more details on reopening to follow in the days and weeks after that.

“The situation is slowly trending in the right situation. Make no mistake, we’re not out of the woods yet,” Ford said, adding that his goal is for Ontario to have “the most normal July and August as possible.”

Today’s news conference marks the first time Ford has taken questions from reporters in more than a week.

Ford’s office says he is being joined at the 12:15 p.m. ET announcement by the minister of health and solicitor general, as well as Ontario’s chief medical officer of health. You can watch it live in this story.

It comes as Ontario reported another 2,759 cases of COVID-19 and 31 more deaths linked to the illness this morning. While it’s the most new infections in four days, it is still well below last Thursday’s count of 3,424. It is most useful to compare the same days of the week because of the cyclical nature of testing in Ontario. 

Labs completed 47,638 tests and Public Health Ontario logged a provincewide positivity rate of 5.7 per cent, the lowest in almost six weeks. Test positivity has, on average, been trending downward for several weeks. 

The new cases in today’s update include 774 in Toronto, 602 in Peel Region, 258 in York Region, 147 in Durham Region, 133 in Hamilton and 110 in Ottawa. 

The seven-day average of daily cases fell to 2,731, its lowest point in about five weeks.