Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 13

Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the novel coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Monday:

421 new coronavirus cases in Ontario, total reaches 7,470 and 291 deaths

Ontario reported 421 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday and 17 additional deaths, bringing the provincial total to 7,470 cases.

The death toll has risen to 291.

However, 3,357 people have recovered from the virus, which is 44.9 per cent of cases.

Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 53.9 per cent of all cases in the province.

Ontario government seeks to extend emergency act by 28 days

Premier Doug Ford said his government will be seeking to extend Ontario’s state of emergency by 28 days on Tuesday.

Ford wouldn’t say what that means for public schools, which have been ordered closed until at least early May.

City of Toronto opens 2 more emergency child-care centres for children of essential workers

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Mayor John Tory said, with the approval of the Ontario government, the city has been able to open two additional licensed child care centres to provide care for the children of essential workers. These two centres are in addition to four centres that opened on March 31.

One centre will open at 34 Bathurst St. on Monday (April 13), the second on 1125 Danforth Ave. will open later this week.

Free tax prep for Ontario health-care workers

Accountants in Ontario are offering free tax preparation for front-line health-care workers.

“I don’t think it’s something most people look forward to at the best of times, and when you see the front-line workers and their absolute exhaustion, we hope that this initiative would just give those frontline workers a little bit of relief,” Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario CEO Carol Wilding said.

Several major accounting firms have offered to support the program, including KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst and Young, BDO, PwC Grant Thornton, MNP and others.

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