The province records the highest daily case count since the beginning of the pandemic, with half of the new infections in Toronto
Ontario reported 700 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the highest single-day total the province has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
The biggest 24-hour increase was previously on April 24 when the province confirmed 640 cases.
Monday’s numbers are a steep jump from the weekend, with 491 new cases on Sunday and 435 on Saturday.
More than 41,100 tests were completed in the past 24 hours. In comparison, only 12,295 tests were completed on April 24, meaning a 5.2 per cent positivity rate. The positivity rate on Monday was 1.7 per cent.
Nearly half of today’s new infections were in Toronto.
“Locally, there are 344 new cases in Toronto with 104 in Peel, 89 in Ottawa and 56 in York Region. Sixty per cent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40,” health minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.
The current provincial active case count is 4,564, and there are 128 people hospitalized due to the virus, up from 112 on Sunday.
There has been one additional death.
The total case count in Ontario has now surpassed 50,000, reaching a total of 50,531 with 43,127 resolved. That’s an increase of 331 resolved cases from yesterday.
Public health officials have said private social gatherings are a significant source of transmission in the province. There have also been clusters in bars, restaurants and strip clubs.
The city has also closed Mason Road Junior Public School in Scarborough after three staffers and a student tested positive.
The following regions in Ontario reported five or more COVID-19 cases:
Toronto = 344
Peel = 104
Ottawa = 89
York Region = 56
Niagara Region = 20
Halton Region = 15
Hamilton = 13
Simcoe Muskoka = 12
Region of Waterloo = 9
Middlesex-London = 9
Eastern Ontario = 7
Durham Region = 7