The Province of Ontario confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19, with over 1,500 cases under investigation, on Tuesday morning.
According to the provincial update, five of the new cases are in Hamilton, two are from London, and one is from York Region. None of the new cases are in Toronto.
All of the new cases are currently in self-isolation.
The vast amount of the newly confirmed cases are all listed as “pending” in terms of age of the patients, and how they caught the transmission.
The patient from York is a man in his 60s with a recent travel history to Costa Rica. He presented himself to Southlake Hospital, reported by York Public Health.
With the increased number of coronavirus cases in Hamilton, two new assessment centres have opened in the city to tackle the growing numbers.
To date, there are 185 cases in the province, with five resolved and 1567 under investigation.
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On Tuesday morning, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency for Ontario amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
While it was recommended by Toronto Public Health on Monday, Ontario has prohibited public events of over 50 people, and now mandated the closure of restaurants and bars until March 31. Restaurants can still provide take out.
Additionally, numerous other facilities will be closed including, indoor recreational programs, public libraries, private schools, licensed childcare centres, and all theatres.
These measures come into effect immediately, and the province will reassess the situation following the two-week state of emergency.
Last week, the province also announced all schools in Ontario would close for two weeks after the March Break.
With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.