COVID-19 cases in Ontario: 375 new infections reported over two days

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TORONTO – Ontario is reporting a total of 375 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days as students return to class for the first time since March. The number of cases includes 190 infections recorded, but not revealed, on Bank Holiday Monday and 185 recorded on Tuesday.

The last time the daily number of infection cases approached 200 was July 24.

Tuesday marks the 13th consecutive day that the number of new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario has exceeded 100. The last time the number of cases fell in double digits was August 26.

Of the new patients reported in the past two days, the majority are between 20 and 39 years old.

According to epidemiological reports from the province, 83 of the new coronavirus patients registered on Monday were in this age group and another 90 were registered on Tuesday, for a total of 173 cases.

In total, over the two days, there were 61 cases in people under the age of 19. Seventy-nine patients were between 40 and 59 years old, while 53 were between 60 and 79 years old.

Only 11 cases were recorded in people over 80 years old on Monday and Tuesday.

The new patients arrive as some Ontario students return to class for the first time since schools closed in March as the province grappled with the pandemic.

Speaking on Tuesday, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce called the growing number of COVID-19 cases worrying, saying everyone needs to ‘redouble’ efforts on removal physical and hand hygiene.

“In the context of the flu season and a possible second wave, we cannot lose our focus,” he said.

The new cases mark a large increase from the 158 cases reported on Sunday, as well as 148 cases on Friday, 132 cases on Thursday, 133 on Wednesday and 112 on Tuesday.

No new deaths have been reported in the past two days.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province now stands at 43,536, including 2,813 deaths and 36,169 recoveries.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

More than half of the new cases appear to have been located in the Greater Toronto Area.

Of the 190 cases reported Monday, 57 were in Peel Region, 60 in Toronto and 17 in York Region. Durham Region recorded two cases and Halton Region recorded five more new cases.

Ottawa, a region that has already seen positive cases of COVID-19 in five schools, has reported 28 new cases.

Health officials reported on Tuesday that 42 of 185 new COVID-19 cases were in Peel Region, while 48 were in Toronto and 19 in York Region.

Ottawa recorded 37 other infections.

Test of COVID-19 in Ontario

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province has processed nearly 45,000 tests in the past two days, including nearly 21,000 in the past 24 hours.

More than 8,000 tests are still under investigation.

The province has performed more than 3.1 million COVID-19 tests since the first patient was diagnosed with the disease in January.

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