The Ministry of Health reported 634 new cases of COVID-19, marking the biggest single-day increase Ontario has seen since the start of the outbreak.
Fifty-four deaths were also reported, which is the second biggest increase the Ministry of Health has recorded. On April 17, the province’s health officials reported 55 fatalities.
The latest updates increase Ontario’s case count to 12,879 and its number of fatalities to 713, while bringing Canada’s death toll to over 2,000.
Among Ontario’s total cases are 6,680 people who have recovered, an increase of 459 since Wednesday, setting a recovery rate of 51.9 per cent.
There are 887 people in hospital (an increase of nine since Wednesday), including 233 people in intensive care (decrease of 10) and 185 on ventilators (decrease of seven).
According to the Ministry of Long-term Care, there are 132 long-term care homes with COVID-19 outbreaks, with infections among 2,189 residents and 1,058 staff members. One of the residents now includes Doug Ford’s mother-in-law, who lives at West Park Long-Term Care in Toronto.
The Ministry of Health’s statistics, released at 10:30 a.m., are current as of 4 p.m. the evening before. As of their last update, health officials have performed 194,745 tested for COVID-19, while 6,757 people are currently under investigation.