The number of new COVID-19 infections in Ontario continues to rise with 169 new cases reported by provincial health officials today.
It is the highest number of new cases reported in a single day since the end of July.
Ontario recorded 148 new cases on Friday, the second time in the past week that the province saw that number of new cases in a 24-hour period.
New infections have been steadily rising in the province since the middle of August after new cases dipped into double digits for a full week.
Provincial health officials say 28 of Ontario’s 34 local public health units reported five or fewer cases and 19 are reported no new cases at all.
The province also processed 28,600 tests over the past 24 hours.
According to the province’s latest epidemiological summary, while no new deaths were reported, new cases outpaced recoveries again today as only 106 additional cases are now considered to be resolved.
The total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Ontario now stands at 1,345.
Of the 169 new infections confirmed today, 46 were in Peel Region, 42 were in Toronto, 30 were in Ottawa, and 19 were in York Region.
On Friday, the province confirmed 72 new infections in Peel Region alone.
Premier Doug Ford previously said that the rise in cases in Peel and more specifically Brampton is a real concern.
“When Brampton makes up three per cent of the population but 40 per cent of the cases yesterday that is concerning and I keep seeing this escalating,” Ford said Friday.
The province’s chief medical officer of health has acknowledged that the rise in cases in the province is concerning and Toronto’s medical officer of health previously said that Toronto is likely already in the midst of the second wave of infections.
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News source: CP24