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Ontario Premier Doug Ford outlines new provincial long-term care staffing plan | FULL

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Thursday that the province would be investing up to $1.9 billion per year for the next four years in long-term care, which he said would help create 27,000 new positions in long-term care homes.

Ford said more staff would help deliver on the province’s commitment to increase daily direct care for residents to four hours a day by 2025.

The premier made the announcement alongside Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care.

Ontario reported 2,432 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday — marking a new single-day record to date for the second time this week — bringing the provincial total to 148,967. The death toll in the province has risen to 4,058 as 23 more deaths were reported.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,446 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario which is an increase of four deaths.

There are 140 current outbreaks in homes, an increase of five from the previous day.

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