Ontario Reports 409 New COVID-19 Cases, Half of which in Toronto

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Ontario is reporting 409 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death on Friday, exactly the same number as Thursday, with Toronto alone accounting for half of the growth in cases in the province.

Ontario reported 409 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, 335 on Wednesday and 478 on Tuesday.

“Locally, there are 204 new cases in Toronto, 66 in Peel and 40 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott wrote on Twitter. “(Sixty-five percent) of the current cases involve people under 40. ”

She said provincial labs had processed 41,800 tests in the past 24 hours, a new provincial record as she and public health officials pledged to increase testing rates to 50,000 a day in the past. weeks to come.

As of Friday, more than 65,000 test samples were still awaiting analysis, the largest backlog of tests in Ontario since the outbreak began.

UHN epidemiologist Dr Isaac Bogoch said that the fact that infections are still largely concentrated among young people means less strain on the health system, for now.

“We know that people in their twenties who contract COVID-19 in general don’t get as sick, especially compared to older groups,” he told CP24 on Friday. “They are much less likely to be hospitalized and, fortunately, much less likely to succumb to the disease. ”

“But on the other hand, we know it’s such a contagious infection, we know it doesn’t stay long in an age group. ”

There are now 3,899 active cases of novel coronavirus infection in the province, up from 2,427 last week.

A total of 2,837 people have died from the virus since March and 42,169 people have recovered clinically from infection.

In addition to Peel, Toronto and Ottawa, Halton Region reported 12 new cases, Durham Region also reported 12 new cases, and York Region reported 33 new cases.

Ontario officials said 87 people were in hospital for treatment of COVID-19 symptoms on Friday, up from one from Thursday.

Of these, 25 patients were in intensive care and 13 of them were breathing using a ventilator.

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