On Saturday, Ontario is reporting 407 new COVID-19 infections, continuing the trend of an alarming uptick in infections, especially in Ottawa, Peel Region and Toronto.
Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) had warned last week 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.
On Thursday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that social gatherings are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for the three hotspots, effective Friday. There could also be fines of $10,000 to $100,000 for organizers of social gatherings breaking the rules.
“Ontario is reporting 407 cases of #COVID19 as nearly 39,000 tests were completed, a new provincial record. Locally, there are 129 new cases in Toronto with 94 in Peel and 55 in Ottawa. 71% of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40“, the Health Minister, Christine Elliot, stated in her tweet today.
The Health Minister further added, “In response to growing demand for testing, Ontario Health has increased capacity at eight assessment centres across Toronto, Peel and Ottawa with seven pop-ups launched in the regions and more coming to help increase access and cut down wait times.”
She said that there’s a small increase in hospitalizations today as ICU admissions and the number of patients on ventilators remains stable.
Public Health Ontario Highlights (Report Date: September 19):
There are a total of 46,484 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date.
Compared to the previous day, this represents:
An increase of 407 confirmed cases (percent change of 1.5%)
An increase of 1 death (percent change not available)
An increase of 177 resolved cases (percent change of 0.6%)
New cases in Peel: 94, Toronto: 129, York Region: 28, Halton Region: 18
Total active cases in Ottawa: 55, Windsor-Essex: 6, Hamilton: 12, Waterloo: 14
The number of new tests done: 38,940
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
The count of total cases of COVID-19 in Canada was 141,911 as of September 18, 2020. The count of cases recovered from COVID-19 in Canada was 123,723 as of September 18, 2020. The count of active cases of COVID-19 in Canada was 8,983 as of September 18, 2020.
Across the globe, the US (+51,345 new cases), Brazil (+39,991 new cases) and India continue to see an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Pakistan reported 752 new cases yesterday compared to its neighbour India where 92,789 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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