May 24th, 2020
May 24th, 2020
QUEEN’S PARK — On Sunday, Doug Ford once again failed to take responsibility for a week of abysmally low COVID-19 testing numbers, and didn’t take action to put a new plan in place to fix the province’s recklessly inadequate testing regime. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling for systemic testing of asymptomatic people outside of assessment centres, saying that the existing system has proven it’s not enough.
On Sunday, Doug Ford said that people simply need to show up at existing COVID-19 assessment centres more, even if they’re asymptomatic. Over the 24 hours ending Sunday, the province completed just 11,383 tests — barely more than half way to the 20,000-test daily goal Ford has never met.
“For weeks, Doug Ford’s restrictive testing rules were turning people away from assessment centres,” said Horwath. “He blamed a lack of swabs. Then he blamed a lack of reagent. Then he blamed public health leaders. In all that time, he hasn’t expanded testing, or taken it outside the existing assessment centres.
“Testing needs to be expanded far beyond those assessment centres. That’s Ford’s job, and he’s been negligent in failing to do it.”
Horwath and the Official Opposition have been calling for new initiatives to test thousands of asymptomatic people, daily, including:
Just days ago, Ford falsely declared that Ontario is a “global leader” on testing numbers, once again.
“Enough words. Enough blame. Let’s see some action. People’s lives and our province’s economic health depend on it.” said Horwath.