43 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ontario, 8 are in Toronto

Mar 19 2020, 2:53 pm

The Province of Ontario confirmed 43 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total up to 257 cases, as of Thursday morning.

Five have been resolved, and one is deceased. There are also currently 3,972 cases under investigation.

According to the provincial update, eight new cases are in Toronto

Other new cases have been located in: Ottawa; Eastern Ontario; Halton; Peel; Hamilton; Halton; Waterloo; Durham; Halliburton Kawartha; and pending locations.

All of the patients are currently in self-isolation.

Province of Ontario

Of the eight new cases in Toronto, one man in his 20s had recent travel history to England. The rest are pending for how they contracted the virus.

Of the other cases in the province, three patients reportedly had a recent travel history to the US.

And, others had travel history to Spain, Belgium, Canary Islands, Germany, Malta and Finland.

Of the new cases, two patients contracted the virus from a cruise trip and four others got the coronavirus through “close contact.”

Province of Ontario

On Tuesday, Ontario reported its first coronavirus-related death.

The patient was a 77-year-old man who passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital. This individual was a close contact of a positive case and COVID-19 was recently identified after death.

The province said the coroner’s investigation is ongoing and more will be known about the specific cause of death in the days ahead.

Toronto Public Health will be giving an update later this afternoon.

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