Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Tuesday that his government is investing an additional $1.3 billion towards COVID-19 testing and contact-tracing through its COVID-19 fall preparedness plan.
The new funding will go to expand testing capacity and reduce backlogs, he said.
Ford announced that Ontario has surpassed a total of 4 million COVID-19 tests completed through its assessment centres, pharmacies, long-term care homes, pop-up and mobile testing units.
The total of tests will make Ontario testing more than all the other provinces and territories combined.
With the second wave hitting the province harder than the first wave, health officials started an appointment-only system for COVID-19 testing centres.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said the decision came to reduce long lines of waiting as colder weather approaches and to provide people with certainty on when they can get tests.
Ontario reported 548 new coronavirus cases and 7 more deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 55,362 and 2,987 deaths.
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