Chris Fox, CP24.com
Posted on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 10:34 a.m. EDT
Last updated: Sunday, April 5, 2020, 11:02 a.m. EDT
Ontario has confirmed 408 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province's total to over 4,000. The province has also confirmed 25 additional deaths. The total number of deaths attributed to the virus now stands at 119, which equates to a death rate of just under 3%. Although the new number of cases is up from 375 reported on Saturday, it still marks a decrease from the record 462 confirmed cases on Friday. Currently, a total of 523 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 200 in intensive care units. These numbers are up slightly from Saturday when 506 people were hospitalized, including 196 in intensive care units. It is encouraging to see that the number of pending tests is now less than 1,000, after reaching 11,000 less than two weeks ago. Public health officials have already stated that the real test of how the province is doing will come when this backlog is cleared and the results published will be more in line with the daily situation in Ontario. "The cases that are currently diagnosed are truly historic cases," Health Minister Christine Elliott said last week. “What will be most important is what we will see when the backlog is resolved. We will then deal with current information and this will tell us where we are in terms of flattening the curve. " To date, more than 75,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Ontario. Of those with confirmed cases, about 36 (1,449 cases) have since recovered. Public health units in the Greater Toronto Area account for 51.2% of all confirmed cases, a number that has been trending down in recent days.