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LIVE: Ontario on track for 80,000 COVID-19 cases, 1,600 deaths by end of April

Anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 deaths projected over course of pandemic in province


Public Health Ontario has made some dire projections for the impact of COVID-19 in the province, revealing that under current intervention methods, Ontario could see as many as 80,000 cases of COVID-19 with a projection of 1,600 deaths due to the virus. 

The public health agency for the province says that if no intervention was taken by Ontario - for example, physical distancing measures and closing non-essential workplaces - there could've have been as many as 300,000 cases and 6,000 deaths by April 30. 

If 'full future intervention' methods are used going forward, according to those same projections, Ontario could see 12,500 COVID-19 cases and 200 deaths due to COVID -19 by month's end. 

Projections from the province also indicate there could be anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 deaths in the province over the course of the pandemic with public health measures in place. 

The full course of the pandemic could last anywhere from 18 months and two years based on the projections.   

Ontario also announced the launch of a new online portal for the public to access COVID-19 lab test results, which the province says is being done in order to ease pressure on public health units and frontline workers. 

Original Story:

Premier Doug Ford is expected to release data this afternoon showing how many Ontarians could die from COVID-19 in various scenarios.

Ford has warned that the projections will be hard to hear.

The noon address has been pushed back to 12:30 p.m.

Village Media will carry the livestream.