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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 5

Ontario reports 408 new cases, 25 deaths as total cases top 4,000

A paramedic sits in the back of an ambulance as a patient is brought into a Toronto hospital, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario reported 408 new cases of coronavirus Sunday morning and 25 deaths, as the total number of cases reached 4,038.

The death toll stands at 119.

Sunday’s report marks an 11.2 per cent increase in cases, compared to 11.5 per cent on Saturday and 16.5 per cent on Friday.

Toronto enforcement blitz continues as city cases top 1,200

City of Toronto officials said they are seeing some “encouraging behaviour” as they continue with an enforcement blitz aimed at enforcing physical distancing rules.

Still, officials said there are some “problem areas.”

On Saturday, 311 received 141 complaints about gatherings and unsafe behaviour in parks, while 800 vehicles were turned away from Bluffers Park and 140 from High Park.

Officers spoke with 780 people to educate them, and cautioned another 373. Bylaw officers handed out one ticket related to park amenities and five to non-essential businesses. Police issued nine tickets relating to park amenities.

Toronto Public Health also responded to 28 complaints regarding non-essential businesses that were open and gave out two notices.

The number of cases in Toronto has reached 1,232, an increase of 113 compared to Saturday.

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In the city, 140 people with COVID-19 are in the hospital, with 58 in intensive care.

Sixty-nine cases are considered recovered.

Meanwhile, in Mississauga Sunday, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said $750 tickets were handed out to two people who “were using a clearly signed skate park and disrespecting physical distancing.”

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