Ontario Reports Lowest Single-Day Increase in COVID-19 Cases as Canada passes 120,000 Coronavirus Cases

On Tuesday morning, Ontario reported an additional 33 cases of COVID-19, the fewest number of new cases on a single day in the province since March. 

Health Minister Christine Elliott noted that the low case count included data clean up with removed duplicate cases from the report. 

“This includes routine data clean-up by Toronto Public Health, which removed 21 cases, such as duplicates, that had previously been included in daily case counts,” said Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott during the province’s daily press conference.

To date, Ontario’s total number of COVID-19 cases sits at 40,194 lab-confirmed cases with 90 percent of cases resulted in recoveries from the virus. 

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott, the Windsor-Essex region was the only public health unit to reach double digits, with the region reporting 10 new cases. 

Southwestern Public Health had the second-highest case count today as the public health unit reported 8 new cases. 

In the latest reports from public health units across the province, there are currently 952 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 provincewide, with the majority of the active cases limited to seven public health units in the southern region of Ontario: 

  • Toronto Public Health: 167 active cases
  • Ottawa Public Health: 140 active cases
  • Peel Public Health: 126
  • Windsor-Essex Country Health Unit: 120 active cases
  • Chatham-Kent Health Unit: 74 active cases
  • York Region Public Health Services: 66 active cases
  • Southwestern Public Health: 64 active cases

During the provincial government’s press conference, Premier Doug Ford called Ontario’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus “impressive” however urged residents in Ontario to continue to follow public health advice and protocols. 

“We see the number of cases declining right across the province … but we can’t take our eye off the ball for a second,” said Premier Ford at the press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“The most impressive thing about those numbers is the amount of people we are testing as well — we’re well in the 20,000, closer to 30,000 some days, so that’s what’s impressive.”

“I just want to thank the people of Ontario for doing an incredible job and following the protocols and the guidelines from the Chief Medical Officer,” added the Premier.

Canada surpasses 120,000 cases of COVID-19, sitting at 24th country in the world in terms of most coronavirus cases

As Ontario reports its lowest daily COVID-19 case count, Canada has recently passed the 120,000-case milestone, however, the pandemic curve is continuing to ease back down from July’s sudden spike. 

Since Sunday, Canada reported 327 additional cases of COVID-19 with the country’s total case count hovering at 120,218 as of Tuesday afternoon. 

Compared to other countries around the world, Canada is ranked 24thamong the countries with the greatest number of COVID-19 cases with the United States as the country with the greatest number of cases, currently reporting over 5.1 million cases. 

Last month in July, Canada reported a spike in the number of cases across the provinces and territories. 

According to reports, the spikes in cases have largely been blamed on the relaxed physical distancing measures and reopening of bars and restaurants, which coupled with the hotter summer temperatures, have led to larger gatherings, primarily among young people. 

Despite the spike in July, the pandemic curve has reportedly been dipping and flattening overall since the beginning of August.

Health officials continue to warn younger people, in particular, to refrain from large indoor parties and other gatherings to bring the curve down further. 

As of Monday, the world has also seen another milestone as the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed 20 million cases worldwide. 

According to health officials, the milestone was reached at an accelerated pace compared to earlier months of the pandemic.

The John Hopkins University reported that it took six weeks for the worldwide number of COVID-19 cases to double from 10 million from the data it was able to compile. 

However, experts say the true number of cases globally could be up to 10 times higher due to the shortfall in the weeks and even months after the virus had spread from Wuhan, China in December 2019.

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