Premier Ford trying to push provincial testing capacity to 78,000 per day

A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP / John Minchillo)

Premier Doug Ford says Ontario and the federal government will be working together in the coming months to achieve a surge testing capacity of 78,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

Ford makes the commitment in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining how Ontario plans to use its $7-billion portion of the $19-billion Safe Restart Agreement reached over the summer.

The premier says the surge testing will fulfil Ontario's per capita share of the federal national testing commitment.

Ford also says in the letter that Ontario is committed to regularly administering 50,000 tests per day by the fall.

The letter says Ontario's current testing levels are around 25,000 a day.

Ford is expected to unveil a new strategy later this week to address a possible second wave of COVID-19.