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401 new coronavirus cases in Ontario, total rises to 2,793 cases and 53 deaths

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WATCH ABOVE: Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Thursday he hoped data to be unveiled Friday about the spread of COVID-19 will convince Ontarians who have not been heeding advice from health officials to stay home and engage in physical distancing. Ford called it “disappointing” and “selfish” that some Ontarians would refuse to cooperate.

Ontario reported 401 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 2,793 cases.

The province also confirmed 16 additional deaths for a total of 53.

It noted 831 people have recovered from COVID-19. 26 outbreaks at long-term care homes

Ontario has tested 62,733 people so far and 2,052 are currently under investigation awaiting test results.

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As of Thursday, 405 patients are hospitalized with the virus, 167 are in the ICU (intensive care unit) and 112 are in the ICU on a ventilator.

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According to the province, the breakdown of ages for people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 is:

  • 19 and under: 68 people
  • 20-39: 826 people
  • 40-59: 995 people
  • 60-79: 716 people
  • 80 and over: 186 people

They also said of all the confirmed cases, 22.4 per cent had travelled within 14 days of becoming ill, 11.1 per cent had close contact with a confirmed case, 16.6 per cent had neither and half of all cases — 49.9 per cent — have exposure information pending.

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Ontario health officials said there are 26 outbreaks in long-term care homes and eight in retirement homes.

Toronto Public Health said as of April 1, it is aware of 18 outbreaks currently occurring in long-term care homes across the city and two active outbreaks occurring in retirement homes.

The Ministry of Health has also changed the definition of an outbreak for long-term care homes to include a single case (previously two or more cases was considered an outbreak).

Ontario health officials have said there may be reporting delays for deaths related to COVID-19 as it relies on data from 34 public health units across the province to be inputted into the Ministry of Health’s disease reporting system database.