TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 483 new COVID-19 cases today and 43 new deaths.

That brings the province to a total of 7,953 cases, including 334 deaths and 3,568 cases that have been resolved.

Tuesday’s numbers represent an increase of 6.5 per cent over Monday’s total, continuing a relatively low growth rate over the past several days.

Meanwhile, the Ontario legislature will sit briefly today to extend a state of emergency in the province for another 28 days.

Premier Doug Ford announced the session on Monday, saying it is too early to start lifting any restrictions in the fight against COVID-19.

In previous such sittings, a limited number of politicians have been required to attend in order to respect the need for physical distancing.

The government is also expected to pass five other pieces of legislation to change some regulations for school boards, post-secondary institutions and municipalities during the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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