Ontario reports over 200 new coronavirus cases for first time in nearly a month

Jul 21 2020, 2:19 pm

The Province of Ontario confirmed there are 203 new known COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning, with one more reported death from the illness.

It’s been almost one month since the province reported over 200 cases — June 29 was the last day with 257 cases.

The new cases are an increase from Monday’s 135Sunday’s 164, and Saturday’s 166.

Wednesday, July 15 saw 102 new cases, which was the lowest since March 25.

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According to Health Minister Christine Elliot, today’s increase is the result of localized increase: there are 43 of new cases in Ottawa, 57 in Peel and 24 more in Windsor-Essex.

And, looking at the age of today’s new cases, 116 of them or 57% are 39 years old or younger.

“While one day of data, today’s increase is concerning,” Elliot said.

“Ontarians of all ages need to continue to adhere to public health guidelines: maintain only one social circle of 10 people, physically distance with anyone outside of it and wear a face covering when doing so is a challenge.”

On Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced that seven more regions could enter Stage 3 on Friday, July 24, which means people can go to bars, dine-in at restaurants, attend gyms and see live shows.

At this time, Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 2 of the province’s reopening.

There has been a total of 37,942 confirmed cases in Ontario to date, with 33,605 resolved, and a total of 2,753 coronavirus deaths, according to the province.

In long-term care homes, there have been 5,546 reported cases with 1,732 deaths among residents.

Government of Ontario

Ontario extended the province’s state of emergency until July 22, with emergency orders extended until July 29.

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