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COVID-19 daily update: Ontario reports 551 new cases and 38 more deaths


TORONTO, ON. APRIL 21, 2020 –– Today, Ontario reported 55 fewer cases of COVID-19 following yesterday’s record-high 606 cases. The province has now reported 11,735 cases and sadly today Ontario reported 38 more deaths raising the death toll to 622 with 5,806 recoveries.

It is important to note that 24 of the 38 deaths reported today were long-term care home residents and although the province announced that modelling suggests the curve of the spread is beginning to flatten, the number of cases and deaths in long-term care facilities continues to rise.

“The modelling clearly demonstrates that we are making progress in our fight against this deadly virus. That’s due to the actions of all Ontarians, those who are staying home and practising physical distancing, and to the heroic efforts of our frontline health care workers,” said Premier Doug Ford.

“But COVID-19 continues to be a clear and present danger, especially to our seniors and most vulnerable citizens. That is why we must continue to follow the advice of our Chief Medical Officer of Health and stay the course in order to keep people safe and healthy.”

Province-wide 274 of the 622 deaths have occurred at long-term care centres and the total number of cases in the care homes has risen to 2,069. Not all of the cases are elderly, as 671 of the confirmed cases are members of staff. There have now been 121 outbreaks in long-term care homes and 34 outbreaks in Ontario hospitals.

With testing greatly ramped up from previous weeks more than 9,330 tests were carried out yesterday, and Ontario has completed 174,170 tests in total.

In terms of true stats from today’s numbers, which are really from April 20 as of 4 pm, Ontario Public Health officials said today there are 5,546 cases under investigation. The number of hospitalized patients in Ontario due to the virus has risen slightly over the past few days and now stands at 859, while the number of patients in ICU remains the same at 250. Today, there are 194 patients currently on ventilators, which are two fewer than on the weekend. 1,139 of the total cases are healthcare workers.

Greater Toronto Area COVID-19 case numbers

Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 58.7 % of cases, of which 1,738 exist in Peel, 385 in Halton, 669 in Durham, 1,105 in York, 3,377 in Toronto (as of 3:45 pm April 20), and 43.8% of all Ontario cases are 60 years of age or older.

Total COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada Tuesday, April 21 at 11 am – 37,383 cases, 1,728 deaths

Canada has reported a total to 37,382 cases of COVID-19 including 1,728 deaths. With 939, Quebec has sustained the most COVID-19 related deaths in Canada while Ontario has now had 622 coronavirus-related deaths. British Columbia now has 86 deaths due to COVID-19. Quebec by far also has the most cases of COVID-19 with 19,319. Ontario is second highest at 11,735 and Alberta is ahead of BC with 2,908 cases while BC now has 1,699. Saskatchewan now has 316 reported cases while the rest of the Canadian provinces have well below 300.

Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world Tuesday April 21, 2020 2:00 pm

Worldwide today, there are 2,2,531,804 cases of COVID-1, which is up 234,092 since last reported on Saturday night as reported by the Johns Hopkins University. Of those cases there are have been 16,134 more deaths bringing the worldwide up to 178,336 deaths. But overall there is a downward trend starting to form,

The United States by far has the most cases of COVID-19 worldwide jumping from 716,883 to 804,194 followed by Spain with 204,178 while Italy has the third most cases with 138,957 and France remains ahead of Germany with 156,495 reported cases of novel coronavirus. Germany now has 148,007cases followed by the United Kingdom that saw another huge jump of 15,000 cases since Saturday night bringing Britain’s total up to 130,164. Turkey is now ahead of China and Iran with 95,591. Iran is now at 84,802 followed by China reporting 83,853 cases. Russia cotinues to report large case numbers with 52,763 while Belgium and Brazil are now both above Canada. Belgium has 40,956 cases and Brazil has 40,814. Canada seems to have slowed down in terms of number of cases with 38,424. Netherlands is also still slowing with 34,317 followed by Switzerland which is also slowing in case count with 28,063 cases. The rest of the world has reported fewer than 22,000 cases of COVID-19.

In terms of deaths, the United States reported 42,458 coronavirus-related deaths. New York City alone has reported 14,604 deaths. Italy has had 24,648 deaths followed by Spain with 21,282 France with 20,265 and then the United Kingdom with 17,337 deaths caused by COVID-19.

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