Ontario confirms 100 new coronavirus cases, as numbers near 700 in province
The Province of Ontario has confirmed 100 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total up to 688 cases, as of Wednesday morning.
This marks the largest single-day jump since the coronavirus began to spread in Ontario — a record that was set only yesterday.
Eight cases have been resolved, and nine are now deceased. There are also 10,489 cases currently under investigation.
Of the new cases, 21 are confirmed to be in Toronto. Many of the ill individuals are in isolation, and five of all the cases confirmed have been hospitalized.
Seven of the cases in Toronto contracted the virus through close contact, while others contracted it from recent travel to the US, UK, and Spain.
For the rest of the cases in the province, other confirmed locations include Wellington Dufferin Guelph, York, Peel, Halton, Porcupine District, Durham, London, Hamilton, Simcoe Muskoka, Kingston, Hastings Prince Edward, Halliburton, Niagara, York, Timiskaming, and Peterborough.
Out of the province, 15 patients contracted the virus through close contact.
Other contracted the virus from recent travel to Spain, France, Dominican, US, Philippines, Mexico, Bahamas, Peru, UK, and Egypt.
Most of the cases are still pending at this time.
As of March 24, the number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in Canada stood at 2,792.
Almost half of Canada’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now due to community spread, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Officials say that while risk varies between and within communities, the overall risk to Canadians is considered high.