Ontario discovers 24 new coronavirus cases in largest single-day increase

Mar 14 2020, 2:57 pm

Ontario announced 24 new cases of coronavirus Saturday, the biggest single-day jump in cases since the virus was first detected in the province.

The new cases were identified all over the province, from Toronto to Ottawa, Waterloo, Durham, London, Hamilton, and the Kawarthas. One person from northwestern Ontario even went to hospital in Winnipeg to get tested.

All of the new patients are in isolation at home. Many of the new cases are tied to travel, but several are still under investigation.

The province has now seen 103 cases of COVID-19 in total.

The virus is believed to have jumped from an animal host to a human one at a market in Wuhan, China in late 2019. In the months since, it’s ballooned to become a pandemic.

Entire countries have been placed on lockdown, professional sports leagues have been suspended, and people are panic-buying supplies like toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Ontario has asked citizens to practice “normal grocery buying habits” after shelves were cleared out by zealous buyers.

All Canadian provinces except Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have reported cases of COVID-19. The three territories have not yet reported cases either.

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.