MPPs clear the way to suspend legislature as Ontario reports 17 new COVID-19 cases - 2020-03-12
MPPs have given Premier Doug Ford's government the authority to suspend the Ontario Legislature over COVID-19 concerns as the province named six viral assessment centres, paused public health cuts and officials recommended gatherings of more than 1,000 people be scrapped.
The developments came as coronavirus cases in Ontario surged by 17 in just 24 hours — including a baby boy — for a total of 59, five of which have recovered and been cleared. Seven of the new cases were people who had returned from the neighbouring United States.
"The risk for travelling Ontarians is not low," chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams warned on the eve of the annual March break, which usually sees thousands of people head south and abroad.