33 dead, 260 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ontario

Mar 31 2020, 7:51 am

The Province of Ontario confirms there are 260 new known cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s total up to 1,966, as of Tuesday morning.

A total of 33 people have died from coronavirus, with 534 patients recovered and 4,280 under investigation.

The Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 59.1% of the cases.

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Of the 1,966 cases, 49.8% are male, 49.5% are female, with the average age being 50 years.

Additionally, 25.7% had travelled in the 14 days prior to becoming ill, 10.2% had close contact with a confirmed case, 16.8% had neither and 47.3% have exposure information pending.

And, 10.9% of cases were hospitalized and 27 deaths have been reported — there is generally a reporting. delay of deaths by public health units.

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.

As the cases continue to rise, Ontario extended the state of emergency for another two weeks, including further measures to ensure of physical distancing in public areas by closing all recreational facilities.

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