Ontario reports 409 new coronavirus cases with most in Toronto-area, Ottawa

Ontario is reporting 409 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 48,496.

Thursday’s case count is a jump back into the 400s after Wednesday saw 335 new cases. Ontario cases have been, overall, on the upward trend over the last couple weeks.

According to Thursday’s provincial report, 151 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 82 in Ottawa, 46 in Peel Region, 34 in York Region and 26 in Waterloo.

All other public health units in Ontario reported 15 or fewer cases.

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Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said more than 30,600 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. The province has said it is looking at increasing testing capacity to 50,000 tests a day.

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Elliott also said 63 per cent of Thursday’s cases are people under the age of 40.

Here is a breakdown of the total cases in Ontario by gender and age:

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  • 22,910 people are male — an increase of 204 cases.
  • 25,227 people are female — an increase of 203 cases.
  • 3,789 people are 19 and under — an increase of 64 cases.
  • 16,339 people are 20 to 39 — an increase of 195 cases.
  • 13,991 people are 40 to 59 — an increase of 91 cases.
  • 8,138 people are 60 to 79 — an increase of 41 cases.
  • 6,228 people are 80 and over — an increase of 18 cases.

The province notes that not all cases have a reported age or gender.

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The province also notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available.

The death toll in the province has risen to 2,836 as one more death was reported.

Meanwhile, 41,886 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 86 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 286 from the previous day.

The newly reported numbers for Thursday’s report are valid as of 2 p.m. Wednesday for Toronto, Ottawa and Middlesex-London public health units, and 4 p.m. Wednesday for the rest of the province.

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