Ontario records more than 3,300 new COVID-19 cases after two-day dip

TORONTO — Ontario is recording more than 3,300 new cases of COVID-19 following two days in which the daily number of infections dipped back into the 2,000s.

Health officials confirmed another 3,326 cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, marking a jump from the 2,961 infections on Wednesday and the 2,903 on Tuesday.

The province also recorded 62 more deaths related to the disease, bringing Ontario’s death toll related to COVID-19 up to 5,189.

At least 29 of the deaths reported were residents in long-term care.

Of the more than 5,000 people who have died after contracting COVID-19, at least 3,577 of them were over the age of 80.

There were 1,388 people between the ages of 60 and 79 who have died and 202 people between the ages of 40 and 60 who died.

Twenty of the deaths were in people between the ages of 20 and 39.

The total number of lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 228,310, including deaths and recoveries.

Where are the COVID-19 cases?

Most of Thursday’s COVID-19 cases were found in Ontario’s hot spots.

There were 968 infections in Toronto, 572 in Peel Region, 357 in York Region, and 268 in Windsor-Essex.

Other public health units reporting more than 50 COVID-19 infections include Ottawa (144), Simcoe-Muskoka (80), Middlesex-London (102), Hamilton (107), Halton Region (85), Niagara Region (165), Waterloo (100), and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (57).

The new cases come as Ontario’s stay-at-home order goes into effect. Under this directive, residents must not leave their homes except for essential reasons.

The order will remain in effect for at least 28 days.

This is a breaking news story. More to come.

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