Ontario reports nearly 1,600 new coronavirus cases setting single-day record

Ontario reported 1,581 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 92,761.

It marks the largest single-day increase in cases in the province to date, ahead of Thursday’s jump of 1,575.

Twenty new deaths were also announced on Saturday, bringing the provincial death toll to 3,332.

“Locally, there are 497 new cases in Peel, 456 in Toronto, 130 in York Region and 77 in Ottawa,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

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“There are 1,003 more resolved cases and over 44,800 tests completed.”

Ontario has now completed a total of 5,601,716 tests, while 39,767 remain under investigation.

Meanwhile, 77,241 cases are considered resolved, which is 83.3 per cent of all confirmed cases.

The newly reported numbers are valid as of Friday afternoon.

Spike in hospitalizations

Hospitalizations are now above 500, with 502 people hospitalized with the virus (up by 50), 107 in intensive care (up by one) and 66 on a ventilator (down by one).

Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

  • 44,849 people are male
  • 47,446 people are female
  • 10,480 people are 19 and under
  • 33,548 people are 20 to 39
  • 26,473 people are 40 to 59
  • 13,652 people are 60 to 79
  • 8,596 people are 80 and over

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

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The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 2,068 deaths reported among residents and patients in long-term care homes across Ontario, which is up by eight. There are currently 100 outbreaks in long-term care homes, which is up by seven.

There are 721 active cases among long-term care residents and 524 among staff.

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