The Province of Ontario confirms there are 351 new known cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s total up to 1,706, as of Monday morning.
A total of 23 people have died from coronavirus in the province, with 431 patients recovered.
The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 61.4% of the cases.
Of the total cases, 50.2% are male and 49.1% are female, with the average age being 50 years.
Additionally, 26.3% had travelled in the 14 days prior to becoming ill, 9.6% had close contact with a confirmed case, 16.2% had neither and 47.9% have exposure information pending.
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And, 9.9% of cases were hospitalized and 16 deaths have been reported — there may be a delay in information from public health systems.
According to the province, a new breakdown of information, introduced Monday, provides more provincial and regional data on confirmed cases, demographics and trends of cases since the outbreak began including geography, exposure, and severity.
The daily summary is based on data reported by the 34 public health units across Ontario and recorded in the province’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS).
iPHIS is the Ministry of Health’s disease reporting system where data is regularly updated, where data for each day’s summary will be pulled from at 4 pm the previous day.
“Ontario has been diligently monitoring and taking decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Ontarians informed,” Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health said in a statement.
“We will continue to work with Public Health Ontario, public health units and the health sector to have and report on the best possible data to help us understand the scope of the COVID-19 outbreak in our province and inform our collective response to keep all Ontarians safe and healthy.”
As the cases continue to increase exponentially, the province introduced a new order, banning gatherings of more than five people effective immediately on Saturday night.
According to the province, stronger action was required to stop the spread of coronavirus, and to protect the health and well-being of all Ontarians