Ontario reports more than 4,500 new COVID-19 cases, another 34 deaths

TORONTO — Health officials in Ontario are reporting more than 4,500 new COVID-19 cases Friday and another 34 deaths linked to the disease.

The province reported 4,505 infections in the last 24 hours, a sharp increase from the 3,683 logged a day earlier.

Most of the cases reported today were found in Toronto and Peel Region, with the latter logging a record 1,232 infections. 

Friday’s report is the third-highest daily case total recorded throughout the pandemic and brings Ontario’s lab-confirmed COVID-19 case count to 437,310, including 387,712 recoveries and 7,863 deaths. 

This brings the active number of infections in the province to 41,735. The seven-day average for number of cases reported sits at 4,132, down from 4,292 a week earlier.

On Thursday, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams suggested that the province may be starting to bend the curve of COVID-19 transmission while pointing to a lowering in the disease’s reproductive number.

“These are indications that we might be starting to bend the curve a bit, but it has not been enough time yet. We are just starting to see the impact of the stay-at-home order and we need to watch it closely,” he said at the time. 

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Backstory:

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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