Ontario reports 477 new COVID-19 cases, 63 more deaths

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 477 new cases of COVID-19, and 63 more deaths.

That brings the total number of cases to 19,598, including 1,540 deaths and 13,990 resolved cases.

The total represents an increase of 2.5 per cent over the previous day.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 and the amount of people in intensive care dropped, but the number of people on ventilators rose.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford’s office says he briefly visited his cottage on Easter Sunday — days after urging Ontarians to stay home.

A spokeswoman says the premier drove alone to his cottage to check on the plumbing due to ongoing renovations.

“On the morning of Easter Sunday, the Premier drove alone to his family property up north to check on the plumbing as the property is under construction and has been over the past two years,” Ivana Yelich said in a statement.

“He spent less than an hour there and on his travel he didn’t stop anywhere and he didn’t interact with anyone.”

Ford delivered a message Thursday from cottage country mayors, asking seasonal visitors to stay away, even for the May long weekend.

But Ford’s own message was that if people go check on the plumbing or heat at their cottages, they shouldn’t make it the typical “party weekend.”