Coronavirus in Ontario: Province reports nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19, reaching highest score on record


TORONTO – Ontario is reporting nearly 800 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number of cases since the start of the pandemic. Health officials reported 797 new infections on Thursday, surpassing the previous record of 732 new cases reported on October 2.

The daily number of COVID-19 infections had fluctuated over the past five days, going back and forth between the 500 and the 600 since the previous high.

Four other people have also died from COVID-19, the province reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 2,992.

The unprecedented new infections bring the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Ontario to 56,742, including 48,308 recoveries.

The province said it performed 48,500 tests in the past 24 hours, which is the highest number of tests processed to date.

According to the province’s epidemiology report, about 57% of new infections are in people under the age of 40.

Another 225 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in people aged 40 to 59, while 90 have been reported in people aged 60 to 79. Twenty-two cases have been recorded in people over 80 years old.

There are 206 people being treated for COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals. Of these patients, 47 are in the intensive care unit and 29 are breathing using a ventilator.

Where are the new COVID-19 cases?

Most new infections continue to be found in Ontario’s four COVID-19 hot spots.

Of the new cases, 265 were in Toronto, 182 in Ottawa, 134 in Peel Region and 78 in York Region.

Six other local public health units have reported more than 10 cases of the disease.

The new infections come as officials urge residents of the province to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend with only the people they live with.

“For this Thanksgiving weekend, it’s not enough to limit the size of our gatherings. We have to stick to our immediate homes, ”Ontario Premier Doug Ford said at a press conference Wednesday.

“As we face the second wave and work to flatten the next curve, each of us needs to be extremely vigilant. ”

Test of COVID-19 in Ontario

While the province has performed more than 48,000 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours, there are still more than 58,000 tests under review.

Ontario confirmed on Tuesday that it had sent COVID-19 tests to the United States for treatment.

More than 4.2 million COVID-19 tests have been performed in Ontario since the disease arrived in the province at the end of January.


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