Ontario Premier Doug Ford said a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is coming, and government officials are prepared to enact any and all measures necessary to mitigate the impact, including a second lockdown.
Ford was speaking at a press conference on Monday afternoon and said that the rise in COVID-19 cases over the past few days could be an indicator of the beginning of a second pandemic wave
On Monday, Ontario is reporting 313 new COVID-19 infections, continuing the trend of an alarming uptick in infections, especially in the Peel Region and Toronto.
Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) warned yesterday that Ontario is losing ground in the fight against COVID-19. OHA issued a statement strongly encouraging Ontarians to stick to public health measures as the province experiences a steady upward trend in daily #COVID19 cases.
Anthony Dale, President and CEO, Ontario Hospital Association issued a statement, as the province experiences a steady upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases, reminding all Ontarians of the importance of personal responsibility and sticking with the public health measures that are essential to saving lives and preventing a second wave of this deadly pandemic.
In the statement, OHA appreciates the responsible actions of millions of Ontarians and that the province experienced a low number of COVID-19 cases throughout much of the summer. Unfortunately, according to OHA, Ontario’s COVID-19 reproduction rate is now over 1 and the spread of infection is accelerating. Daily case growth is now over 200, a clear warning sign that our hard-won progress is slipping away. It is the responsibility of each of us to take steps immediately to halt this alarming trend.
“Ontario is reporting 313 cases of #COVID19 as nearly 30,000 tests were completed. 78% of today’s cases are from three regions, with 112 in Toronto, 71 in Peel and 60 in Ottawa. All other PHUs have fewer than 10 new cases, except for York with 13 cases. 15 PHUs have no new cases“, the Health Minister, Christine Elliot, stated in her tweet today.
67% of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40 she tweeted further.
Public Health Ontario Highlights (Report Date: September 14):
There are a total of 44,817 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date.
Compared to the previous day, this represents:
An increase of 313 confirmed cases (percent change of 53.4%)
An increase of 1 death (percent change of 0%)
An increase of 133 resolved cases (percent change of 7.3%)
New cases in Peel: 71, Toronto: 112, York Region: 13, Halton Region: 7
Total active cases in Ottawa: 60, Windsor-Essex: 4, Hamilton: 4
The number of new tests done: 29,540
Source: Public Health Ontario
If there is a discrepancy between numbers reported by Public Health Ontario and those reported publicly by a Public Health Unit, it is because the Public Health Unit hasn’t yet updated their numbers in iPHIS. In that case, consider the number reported by the Public Health Unit to be the most up to date
On Monday, the most recent data on the evolution of COVID-19 in Québec show 276 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 65,262. No new death has occurred in the last 24 hours, and no other death is added, for a total which remains at 5,780.
The count of total cases of COVID-19 in Canada was 136,659 as of September 13, 2020. The count of cases recovered from COVID-19 in Canada was 120,431 as of September 13, 2020. The count of active cases of COVID-19 in Canada was 7,057 as of September 13, 2020.
Across the globe, the US (+32,894 new cases), Brazil (+14,597 new cases) and India continue to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Pakistan reported 526 new cases yesterday compared to its neighbour India where 93,215 new cases were registered.
For the latest on COVID-19 in Ontario, visit the official website.
For the latest on COVID-19 in Quebec, visit the official website (English), or here (French)
For the latest on COVID-19 in Toronto, visit the official website.
For the latest on COVID-19 in Peel Region, visit the official website.
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