TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says his patience with Ontario’s slow pace of testing for COVID-19 has run thin and he wants more done starting Thursday.

He says he wants to see every long-term care resident, every front-line health-care worker and every first responder tested.

Ontario reported 550 new COVID-19 cases today, the biggest single-day increase so far, though figures also showed a return to an increasing testing backlog.

The government says Ontario’s capacity is actually at 13,000 tests per day now, but only about 3,500 are being submitted through assessment centres.

Ford says Ontario needs to be doing 13,000 tests every single day.

He says at first there weren’t enough assessment centres, then there was not enough lab capacity, then the supplies of reagent — key for testing — were low, but now those issues have been dealt with.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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