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COVID-19: Ontario reports 550 cases, marking highest single-day jump


Coronavirus updates for Ontario, Canada and the world

TORONTO, ON., April 8, 2020 – Today, Ontario reported a record-high 550 new cases of COVID-19, up 171 from yesterday’s daily number. Sadly, Ontario reported 21 more deaths bringing the death toll within the province up to 174, while the total number of COVID-19 cases province-wide now stands at 5,276.

Public health officials said today there are 1,102 cases under investigation, which is a substantial increase in backlog from a few days ago, raising concerns about testing again.

Premier Doug Ford said the number being tested is “unacceptable when public health has said we have the capacity to test over 13,000 tests yet we can’t get close to that number.” Ford said “starting tomorrow we had better be getting 13,000 tests done a daily.” Premier Ford pointed out how Ontario is lagging behind a lot of provinces and countries when it comes to testing.

“It’s common sense, the more people you test the better the numbers are going to be,” Ford said. There is no excuse. It hurts me coming out here every day. We are going to make sure every single person can get tested and our frontline healthcare workers are a priority. They are making a sacrifice for our province and our country. I give you my word tomorrow it is coming, said Ford.”

“When it comes to testing and the numbers, when you increase testing you get better results and we are going to get a move on it,” said the Premier. “I have made myself loud and clear we are going to get it done. We have to for the sake of our front-line workers. But we need to get everyone tested. We have the sites ready and the testing capabilities. No more excuses we need to get it done bottom line.”

When asked why Ontario isn’t testing at capacity, Christine Elliott, Ontario Minister of Health and Deputy Premier, said they did not have enough of the reagent, a chemical mixture that is part of the test kit. Premier Ford said they now have the reagent and will get the tests done.

Ford also commended Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal government and wants to see Ontario’s numbers drop to the 40% or the country’s numbers. Because the province represents 40% of the population.

The number of hospitalized patients in Ontario due to the virus has dropped from 618 to 605 but the number in ICU has increased by 13 to 246. 195 patients are currently on ventilators, up from 187 yesterday.

Long-term care homes continue to be hit hard with 9 more outbreaks since yesterday bringing the number up to 58 reported outbreaks at this point. There have now been 78 deaths related to long-term care homes up from 69 a day ago.

51.8 percent of Ontario cases are located within the GTA.

The data for the Ontario report were based on information extracted from the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) database as of April 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Total COVID-19 cases in Canada

Canada has now reported 18,447 cases including 56 more deaths bringing the total up to 401. With 174, Ontario still has the most deaths due to COVID-19, followed by Quebec with 29 more deaths, jumping to 150. British Columbia has recorded four more deaths bringing a 43 novel coronavirus related deaths reported. Quebec by far still has the most cases of COVID-19 with 971 more yesterday bringing its total up to 9,340, followed by Ontario at 5,276 and British Columbia at 1,291. Alberta has 1,347 cases and the rest of the provinces have well below 300 cases each.

Number of COVID-19 cases in the world

Worldwide there are 45,255 more cases today bringing the total up to 1,452,378 cases of COVID-19 as of 5:30 pm April 7, 2020 as reported by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Of those cases there have been 85,397 deaths and 303,757 recoveries.

The United States has the most cases of COVID-19 worldwide with 402,923, followed by Spain who with 146,690 while Italy has the third most cases with 139,422. Germany now has 109,329 novel coronavirus reported cases. These are followed by France – 110,070, China – 82,809, Iran – 64,586, United Kingdom – 61,455, Turkey – 34,109 (unchanged from yesterday) and Switzerland – 23,248, Belgium-23,403 and Netherlands- 20,678 then Canada at 18,447.

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