Deaths Increase: These Four Charts Summarize Latest COVID-19 Figures in Ontario and Beyond


Ontario health units are reporting some of the biggest spikes in death since the COVID-19 epidemic began.

Toronto reported 311 new cases and 51 additional deaths on Sunday and Monday, the second highest in any 48-hour period, after the total of 61 deaths reported on Wednesday and Thursday last week. Ottawa also reported an increase in deaths on Monday, with 35 new fatalities.

The 161 deaths reported across Ontario on Sunday and Monday were by far the highest the province has seen in 48 hours since the start of the pandemic.

Here’s what the numbers tell us about what’s going on right now with the spread of COVID-19:

The number of daily cases:

Premier Doug Ford announced Monday that the province is exceeding its target of 16,000 tests per day. Meanwhile, Ontario has reported an increase of 533 cases, which is down from its April peak, but fairly typical of the number of new cases reported last week.

Toronto epidemiologist Dr. Jeff Kwong, family doctor at Toronto Western Hospital and professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, believes the province will continue to see a number of new cases from day.

“I think there are still a lot of COVIDs out there,” said Kwong. “Outside of the GTA, it might slow down, but I think within the GTA, there is a lot of activity here … in Toronto, Peel, York, there is still a lot.”

Many new deaths:

There were 119 deaths from COVID-19 in the province on Monday, the highest number reported to date, bringing the total to 1,427.

The majority of deaths occur in the GTA, but Ottawa has reported its highest number of casualties to date – 35.

According to an analysis of provincial data, 70% of deaths in Ontario are people aged 80 and over.

Most of the deaths occur in long-term care facilities, said Kwong.

“It is unfortunate that we did not act sooner to prevent this from happening,” he said. “I think COVID exposes all the weak links in the system. Workers don’t have all the PPE, the staff is not paid well … it’s so tragic and preventable. ”

Kwong is optimistic, the epidemics will be controlled by the increase in tests currently underway.

“Hospital staff go on site and conduct flash tests on residents and staff to identify outbreaks and provide PPE and teach (workers) how to use them properly.”

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“As long as you have PPE, you can reduce transmission,” he said.

GTA vs Ontario:

The GTA continues to be the hot spot for the virus, accounting for more than 11,000 cases out of a total of nearly 18,000 in the province.

Toronto, which recorded the most cases and deaths, reported an increase of 311 cases and 51 deaths on Monday.

Toronto medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa said that although infection rates are slowing, social distancing measures should continue as the city has yet to experience a steady decrease in the number of new or new hospitalizations every day.

“This means that we have probably not completely passed the peak of infection,” said de Villa. The city recorded a total of 6,278 cases. The region of Peel has the second highest number of cases with 2,699.

Part of the reason why the GTA has more cases could be due to the transmission of households within families who live in condos and apartments.

In these contexts, if one person gets the virus, the whole family gets the virus because of the difficulty of social isolation in tight neighborhoods, said Kwong.

“This is why we see more cases in Toronto than in rural areas with large houses,” said Kwong. “I think he is one of the pilots. “

Backlog of cases in Quebec, the other provinces are maintaining:

The number of cases in Quebec exploded Sunday, two weeks before the province reopened its retail stores in Montreal and a week before the reopening of schools and daycares outside the city.

The increase is the result of more than 1,000 missed cases since April, media reports said, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 31,865.

More than 2,200 people have died from the virus, but there has been only a slight increase in recent hospitalizations.

Other provinces, including Alberta and Saskatchewan, are also implementing plans to reopen businesses.

Patty Winsa
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