Ontario breaks its COVID-19 record of new daily cases

Ontario breaks its COVID-19 record of new daily cases

Ontario is reporting 1,248 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 29 new deaths due to the virus.

Ontario saw a record number of daily-reported cases on Saturday, with 1,581 new infections.

This brings the totals to 2,706 confirmed cases, 2,224 resolved, 361 active cases, 12 people hospitalized, and 121 deaths.

More than 44,800 tests were completed in the previous 24 hours, but there are still 39,767 cases that remain under investigation.

As of the last update, 2.4 per cent of COVID-19 tests in Ottawa are coming back positive, dipping below the 2.5 per cent threshold used to signal a region's readiness to move down to yellow on the province's pandemic alert scale.

The COVID-19 Modelling Collaborative, a partnership between the University of Toronto, University Health Network and Sunnybrook Hospital, puts the figures slightly higher, with 132 patients now in intensive care and 76 requiring ventilators.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 508 cases are in Toronto, 392 in Peel Region and 170 in York Region.

The move comes a day after health authorities unveiled new projections that showed the province is on track to see 6,500 new daily COVID-19 cases by the middle of next month.

Out of the total cases recorded since September, about 56% of cases have been reported from students.

That means Ontario could, within weeks, have more cases per capita than France, Germany and Britain.

The province also says the number of hospitalizations is an underestimation as about 40 hospitals did not submit their data over the weekend.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) says a staff member at Carlingview Manor has contracted COVID-19 - one of 51 new cases across the city. The province reported 10 new deaths, seven of which were linked to an outbreak at a Winnipeg care home where dozens of residents have died.

The "red" zone public health measures are now in effect in Hamilton, Halton Region and York Region.

Toronto joined Peel Region in the red alert level - the highest short of a full lockdown - on Saturday.