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Ontario to put $1B towards more COVID-19 testing and contact tracing

Last Updated Sep 24, 2020 at 12:35 pm EDT

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is pictured as he visits a bakery in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Premier Doug Ford has announced Ontario will be putting an additional $1 billion towards increasing COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

Ford says they are ramping up testing to 50,000 processed a day and hiring an additional 500 contact tracers.

The new funding includes $70 million announced earlier this week to purchase additional flu shots.

On Wednesday, the government said that up to 60 pharmacies will begin offering COVID-19 tests to asymptomatic people starting Friday.

Other yet-to-be announced elements of the province’s plan will focus on quick identification, management and prevention of COVID-19 outbreaks.

The strategy will also address ways to reduce health service backlogs, prepare for case surges and recruit and train health-care workers.

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