Nearly half of the more than 800 new COVID-19 cases reported in Ontario today are from Toronto, provincial health officials confirm.
Ontario is reporting 805 new COVID-19 infections today, up from 712 one day earlier.
This is the first time in several days that the number of new cases surpassed 800 in the province.
The rolling seven-day average now sits at 746, up from 705 one week ago.
Today’s data also indicates that Toronto has seen a significant jump in new cases over the past 24 hours.
According to the province’s latest epidemiological summary, 374 new cases were confirmed in the country’s largest city today, 161 more infections than were reported one day earlier.
Another 107 cases were confirmed in Peel Region today and 93 new infections were reported in York Region.
After reporting 108 new cases on Friday, new infections dropped to 70 in Ottawa today.
Rising case growth in the four regions has prompted the province to revert the COVID-19 hotspots back to a modified version of Stage 2, forcing affected municipalities to close indoor dining rooms, fitness centres, and movie theatres.
The province is also reporting 10 new deaths today, the highest number of virus-related fatalities in months.
Ontario has consistently seen an uptick in deaths over the past week, with nine new deaths reported on both Monday and Friday.
The province’s test positivity rate dropped below two per cent for the first time in recent days after nearly 45,000 tests were processed over the past 24 hours.
Virus-related hospitalizations continue to rise in Ontario.
According to centrally-confirmed data, 278 people infected with COVID-19 are currently receiving treatment at Ontario hospitals, up from 261 on Friday.
Intensive care admissions have also increased to 72, up from 67 one day earlier.
Of the patients who are hospitalized, 42 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.