Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its biggest surge in COVID-19 cases for second straight day

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its biggest surge in COVID-19 cases for second straight day
Coronavirus Canada updates: Ontario reports its biggest surge in COVID-19 cases for second straight day

The Ministry of Health recorded 640 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, marking the biggest daily spike in diagnoses since the start of the outbreak.

The update raises its total to 13,519, which now includes 763 fatalities, after health officials reported 50 more COVID-19 deaths.

Among the province’s total cases are 7,097 that have been resolved, an increase of 407 since Thursday. There are now 910 people in hospital (an increase of 23), including 243 in intensive care (increase of 10) and 193 on ventilators (an increase of eight).

The Ministry of Health’s statistics, released at 10:30 a.m., are current as of 4 p.m. the evening before. The Ministry of Long-Term Care’s statistics are current as of 3:30 p.m.

The dire COVID-19 situation in long-term care homes continues, but there is now one less outbreak, bringing the total to 131, according to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. There’s been an increase in infections, with 2,287 residents diagnosed with COVID-19 (an increase of 98) and 1,089 staff members (an increase of 31). There are now 573 deaths among residents, an increase of 57.

Premier Doug Ford announced Friday morning that the Canadian Armed Forces will provide assistance at five long-term care homes: the Orchard Villa in Pickering; Eatonville in Etobicoke; Hawthorne Place in North York; Altamont Care Community in Scarborough and Holland Christian Homes’ Grace Manor in Brampton.

As of their last update, health officials in Ontario have tested 207,040 for COVID-19, while 5,414 people remain under investigation.

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