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COVID-19 daily update: Ontario reports a new record-high case count and 54 more deaths


TORONTO, ON. APRIL 23, 2020 –– Today, unfortunately Ontario reported a record-high 634 cases of COVID-19 after two-straight days of daily case counts decreasing. The province has now reported 12,879 cases and sadly today Ontario reported 54 more deaths, 17 more than yesterday, raising the death toll to 713 with 6,221 recoveries.

Province-wide 358 of the 713 deaths have occurred at long-term care centres and the total number of cases in the care homes has risen to 2,826. Not all of the cases are elderly, as 889 of the confirmed cases are members of staff. There were 10 more outbreaks yesterday and now there have been 135 outbreaks in long-term care homes and 35 outbreaks in Ontario hospitals.

With testing greatly ramped up from previous weeks the province eclipsed ten thousand tests for the second straight day, conducting 10,214 tests yesterday, and Ontario has completed 194,745 tests in total. Ontario is not that shy of their testing goals as officials have said that they wanted to be completing 12,500 tests a day by today and 16,000 a day by May 6.

In terms of true stats from today’s numbers, which are really from April 22 as of 4 pm, Ontario Public Health officials said today the number of hospitalized patients in Ontario due to the virus has increased by 9 and now stands at 887, while the number of patients in ICU has dropped by 10 to 233. Today, there are 185 patients currently on ventilators, which are seven fewer than yesterday. 1,626 of the total cases are healthcare workers.

Greater Toronto Area and Toronto COVID-19 case numbers

Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 59.6% of cases, of which 1,888 exist in Peel, 404 in Halton, 759 in Durham, and 1,206 in York.

Meanwhile as of 3:45 pm today Toronto Public Health says 4,347 cases have been reported in Toronto along with 222 deaths. There have been 83 outbreaks in institutions and 243 cases have recovered, while 293 people are in hospital, and 106 people are in intensive care.

Today, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Torontos Medical Officer of Health said in her report that the number of our COVID-19 cases in Toronto is lower than originally expected. “This is because you took our public health measures seriously and these prevention measures are working. While this has been exceptionally challenging and an experience like no other in our history books, our battle
against COVID-19 continues and is not over yet.”

Total COVID-19 cases and deaths in Canada Thursday, April 23 at 7 pm – 42,110 cases, 2,146 deaths

Canada has reported a total to 42,110 cases of COVID-19 including 2,146 deaths. With 1,243, Quebec has sustained the most COVID-19 related deaths in Canada while Ontario has now had 713 coronavirus-related deaths. British Columbia now has 94 deaths due to COVID-19. Quebec by far also has the most cases of COVID-19 with 21.838. Ontario is second highest at 12,879 and Alberta is now well ahead of BC with 3,720 cases while BC now has 1,824. Saskatchewan now has 331 reported cases while the rest of the Canadian provinces have well below 300.

Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world Thursday April 23, 2020 8:30 pm

Worldwide today, there are 2,627,630 cases of COVID-1, which is up 77,046 since yesterday at 7:30 pm as reported by the Johns Hopkins University. Of those cases there are have been 7,407 more deaths bringing the worldwide up to 190,783 deaths.

The United States by far has the most cases of COVID-19 worldwide jumping from 841,556 to 887,787 followed by Spain with 213,024 while Italy has the third most cases with 189,973 and France remains ahead of Germany with 159,460 reported cases of novel coronavirus. Germany now has 153,129cases followed by the United Kingdom which now has 139,246. Turkey is now at 101,790 while Iran has 87,026 followed by China reporting 83,878 cases, which is a mere 2 more cases since yesterday once again raising a flag about the actual data coming out of China. Russia continues to report large case numbers with 62,778 while Brazil is next with 49,442. Canada has jumped above Belgium with 43,286 cases and Belgium now has 42,797. Netherlands reported fewer than 100 cases since yesterday with 35,929 followed by Switzerland which is also slowing in case count with 28,496 cases. India is now starting to report more cases as they have gone well above 20 thousand with 23,039. The rest of the world has reported fewer than 24,000 cases of COVID-19.

In terms of deaths, the United States reported 50,177 coronavirus-related deaths. New York City alone has reported 16,388 deaths. Italy has had 25,549 deaths followed by Spain with 22,157, France with 21,856and then the United Kingdom with 18,738 deaths caused by COVID-19.

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