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Ontario boosting coronavirus capacity to test almost 20,000 people a day by mid-April

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford talked of strict legislation in a bid to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. - Bob Tymczyszyn/Toronto Star

Ontario plans to be able to run 5,000 COVID-19 tests a day by the end of this week and aims to perform almost 20,000 tests a day by April 17, provincial health officials say.

That’s a big step up from the roughly 2,500 tests Ontario has been processing each day. This is all part of a plan to both clear a massive testing backlog and to prepare for the expected strain on the system as the pandemic spreads in the province.

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