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Ottawa, Mar 15 (Canadian-Media): Ontario's largest daily increase of 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday morning since its outbreak, is leading the country with its provincial's total of 145 COVID-19 cases, media reports said.
All the newly confirmed cases are self-isolating, except one person in Simcoe-Muskoka who is hospitalized.
It was announced today by Premier Doug Ford's office that it is planning to table a bill aimed at helping workers affected by the outbreak by offering protected leave to people affected by the pandemic.
The requirement for employees to obtain sick notes if they need to go into self-isolation or care for anyone in quarantine will also be waived.
All schools in Ontario had already been declared to shut down till the first week of April.
The province is also urging hospitals to postpone all elective surgeries and is closing all casinos.
Ontario's chief medical officer of health recommended on Friday that all events and public gatherings of over 250 people should be suspended.
Most operations of Ontario’s Superior Court are being suspended effective Tuesday in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the Ontario Court of Justice plans to severely limit the number of people who appear in court each day.
In their continued efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, officials in Toronto had shut down the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, church services, several YMCAs in the GTA.
Toronto is also shutting down Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery, and government run fitness centres, community centres and many more.
GTA municipalities are halting several services, including libraries and city-run daycares.
Community colleges, and a few universities like Toronto University, York University will discontinue face to face teaching and would offer online education for students.
The City of Toronto has updated its website with all city services and facilities.
All the travelers coming to Canada were recommended by Health authorities of Canada to self-isolate for 15 days.
Toronto Mayor John Tory is in self-isolation after his recent business trip to London.
Hygiene measures such as frequent handwashing and social distancing have been urged continuously by Canadian public health officials to protect from the deadly virus infection.
Canadians travelling abroad were recommended by Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne Saturday to return to Canada, while commercial transportation is still available.
A state of emergency had already been declared in United States by its president Donald Trump.
Coronovirus, which had been declared pandemic has infected more than 150,000 people worldwide and killed more than 5,600 globally, including one person in British Columbia.