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City to provide update as Ontario reports 19 new COVID-19 cases

City of Toronto officials are set to provide an update on the city’s response to COVID-19 Friday.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and City Manager Chris Murray are scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. at city hall.

Residents across the GTA are being met with chaotic scenes at grocery stores as more and more people look to stockpile supplies amid fears that coronavirus will continue its spread in Ontario, despite expert warnings to avoid panic buying.

The rush comes as health officials reported 19 new cases of COVID-19 in the province on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 79. Also on Friday, Ontario’s top doctor recommended the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people.

Many shoppers documented their unusual experiences at their local stores on social media, posting pictures and video of winding line ups and empty shelves.

CBC

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