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Ontario reports 170 new COVID-19 cases, total rises to 858 with 13 deaths


TORONTO, ON., March 26, 2020 – Ontario health officials confirmed 170 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, and five more deaths. This marks the province’s highest daily increase in active cases reported and Ontario’s total number of confirmed cases including deaths and recoveries has increased to 858.

The death toll is not at 13 and today’s increase in new cases follows the report of 100 new infections on Wednesday in addition to the 85 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Almost half of Ontario’s cases are in the City of Toronto and at least 16 per cent of these cases are the result of community spread of the virus, according to Toronto Public Health.

Yesterday there were 280 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Toronto and so far today Toronto’s total is now up to 319 according to Toronto Public Health. Among cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, there have been four deaths. To date, there have been five other people in Toronto diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered from their illness.

There are a number of cases still pending. Once again Ontario’s new cases are provincewide. Peel has at least 15 more confirmed cases, York has had a whopping 35 new cases, and there are 5 new cases in Durham. Halton and Hamilton each have 1 new case of COVID-19, there are cases in Niagara, 5 in Ottawa, 14 in Haliburton Kawartha Pineridge, 8 cases in Eastern Ontario, 10 in Western Ontario, 4 in Simcoe Muskoka and 3 in Northern Ontario and many others still pending.

A large number of today’s cases in Ontario are from close contact. There are also confirmed cases from people who had travelled to the U.K, U.S., Egypt, Peru, Spain and the Bahamas.

More than 35,000 Ontarians have been tested for COVID-19 so far and 10,500 are under investigation awaiting results.

Canada now has a total of 3,579 confirmed cases, 35 deaths and 197 recoveries.

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