Health officials in Peel Region accidentally mail wrong COVID-19 test results; Ontario to reveal projection numbers today; Star’s count says Ontario has 3,210 cases, 92 deaths

“Our team is working quickly to notify these residents and make sure they have what they need to manage this difficult situation,” said Peel interim medical officer of health Lawrence C. Loh in a news release after health officials accidentally mailed letters to 16 residents saying that their COVID-19 test results were negative when they were in fact positive.

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The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Friday (this file will be updated throughout the day):

6:22 a.m.: Ontario is set to reveal projection numbers today which show how many people could die of COVID-19 under a number of different scenarios.

Premier Doug Ford said Ontario residents deserve to see what he’s seen on various modelling scenarios in the COVID-19 outbreak. Top doctors will provide briefing on modelling numbers Friday on where Ontario was, is and could be, he said on Thursday. “You deserve to know what I know,” Ford said.

5:24 a.m.: Lothar Wieler, the head of Germany’s disease control agency says the number of people who die of COVID-19 is likely being undercounted. He said he believes “we have more dead than are officially being reported.”

2:19 a.m.: Google will release “mobility reports” including new data about how the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced foot traffic to transit centers, retail stores and public parks in more than 130 countries.

12:05 a.m.: South Korea says more than 27,000 people are under self-quarantine. The total number of infections in South Korea increased to 10,062 and the death toll rose by five to 174, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Seoul.

12:01 a.m.: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked citizens to light candles on Sunday evening to “challenge the darkness” of the coronavirus crisis in a video message to the nation as India entered its ninth day of a three week long country-wide lockdown.

11:52 p.m.: Apple Inc. on Thursday told employees that its retail stores in the U.S. will remain closed and work-from-home procedures will stay in place until early May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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11:45 p.m.: Health officials in Peel Region say that they accidentally mailed letters to 16 residents saying that their COVID-19 test results were negative when they were in fact positive.

Officials say that several positive test slips were mixed in with a batch of negative results and the error was not noticed until the letters were mailed out.

“I know the relief those residents felt for a few moments has sadly been transformed into feelings of fear and uncertainty. Our team is working quickly to notify these residents and make sure they have what they need to manage this difficult situation,” said Peel interim medical officer of health Lawrence C. Loh in a news release.

10:21 p.m.: U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday evening that 3M Co. would “have a big price to pay” for its handling of its production of protective masks.

10:11 p.m.: Capt. Brett Crozier, the captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship, was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

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9:46 p.m.: The Mexican government is sanitizing a public hospital in a northern steel town that has become the centre of a coronavirus outbreak that has sickened at least 26 members of the medical staff and killed one of its doctors.

5 p.m.: Ontario’s COVID-19 epidemic has grown to 3,210 cases and 92 deaths, according to the Star’s latest count, based on public tallies and press releases issued by Ontario’s regional public health units.

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Several regions announced deaths Thursday afternoon, including three more in Durham Region, which has now seen nine total deaths including four among residents of long-term care or retirement homes. Officials confirmed there has been a COVID-19 outbreak in an in-patient cardiac unit at an Oshawa hospital. Thursday has also seen the first COVID-19 deaths in Brant County, a woman in her 60s with pre-existing health issues, and in Guelph, a patient in their 80s.

At an afternoon news conference, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health, cautioned that she was aware of more deaths in Toronto, although they had not been announced yet. The city will be releasing more information soon, she said. For the time being, the toll remained at 11 dead.

The province says its most recent tally of 2,793 COVID-19 cases is accurate to 4 p.m. the previous day. The province also cautions its count of deaths — this was 53 as of its Thursday morning update — may be incomplete or out of date due to delays in its reporting system.

4:01 p.m.: Mayor John Tory, using his emergency powers, has signed a by-law to make being within two metres of someone in a park or public square who is not a member of your household punishable with a fine up to $5,000. The by-law will be in effect for at least the next 30 days. Tory said the by-law maxes out the powers Toronto has to effectively “lockdown” the city.