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1 new death, 4 more COVID-19 cases in the London area

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Health officials reported another COVID-19 death in Middlesex-London Wednesday, along with four new cases.

The latest person to die from the virus was a woman in her 80s who was living in a long-term care home in the region, according to the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU).

Two of the four new cases are residents of long-term care facilities. The MLHU does not report details on specific seniors’ facilities, so the location of the patients is unknown at this time.

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Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to make an announcement this afternoon in the wake of a devastating report on conditions inside five Ontario long-term care homes where Canadian Armed Forces members are currently serving. 

Long-term care residents account for more than 77 per cent of all COVID-19-linked deaths in the province.

The other two cases reported by MLHU Wednesday are not linked to seniors’ facilities.

There have now been a total of 52 deaths in Middlesex-London, and 509 cases of coronavirus reported by the health unit.

COVID-19 around the region

Ontario reported 292 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the second straight day with a growth rate in total cases of 1.1 per cent.

It comes the same day medical experts acknowledge that the majority of cases are in the GTA, with the rest of the province doing well at reducing the spread. 

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Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas and Elgin and Oxford counties, reported no new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. Of the 73 cases confirmed in the region, 60 have been resolved and four people have died. 

Ontario has extended its emergency orders until June 9, which means gatherings of 5 or more people are not allowed. 

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