Ontario reports 138 new coronavirus cases and two more deaths

Jul 5 2020, 10:45 am

There were 138 new coronavirus cases discovered in Ontario between Saturday and Sunday, many of them in temporary farm workers in the Windsor-Essex area.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, 27 of the new cases were tied to an outbreak among temporary foreign workers in the area.

TFWs are people brought in to Canada from abroad whose stay in the country is tied to a specific employer. The program has been the subject of criticism for its lack of protections for workers.

Elliott said “targeted testing” of temporary workers on farms continues.

Recoveries continue to outpace newly discovered cases, meaning Ontario’s active case count declined by 45 between Saturday and Sunday, according to Elliott.

Ontario also reported only two more deaths in the last 24 hours.

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