Ontario reports record of over 900 coronavirus cases as new restrictions expected

Ontario is reporting 939 new cases of coronavirus and sources tell Global News the government is expected to implement more strict measures as cases continue to rise in the province.

Friday’s case count surpasses Thursday’s, which saw 797 new infections and was the previous highest single-day case record in Ontario.

According to Friday’s provincial report, 336 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 150 in Peel Region, 126 in Ottawa, 68 in York Region, 59 in Halton Region and 40 in Hamilton. All other public health units in Ontario reported under 35 new cases.

The provincial government held an emergency meeting that stretched late into the night on Thursday. Officials will be convening again Friday morning to finalize new restrictions.

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Senior government sources said some recommendations being considered are more restrictions on indoor dining at restaurants, gyms and fitness centres, cinemas, casinos and venues.

The sources also said these are being considered for Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa. These three areas have consistently made up the majority of daily case counts in recent weeks.

Premier Doug Ford, along with health officials, are expected to announce the new restrictions at a press briefing Friday afternoon.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said over 44,900 tests were processed in the last 24 hours.

The total cumulative number of cases now stands at 57,681.

“This Thanksgiving, only celebrate with those in your household and gather with friends and family virtually. Please follow public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Elliott urged.

The death toll in the province has risen to 2,997 as five more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 49,032 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 724 from the previous day.

The newly reported numbers for Friday’s report are valid as of 2 p.m. Thursday for Toronto, Ottawa and Middlesex-London public health units, and 4 p.m. Thursday’s for the rest of the province.

More to come.

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