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Ontario reports 411 new coronavirus cases, 31 deaths as total cases top 6,600

Coronavirus outbreak: Ford says ‘we need to do everything we can’ to support elderly and front line workers at care homes
WATCH ABOVE: On Saturday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that the province must “do everything we can” to support those living in care homes and the medical staff who work there during the COVID-19 outbreak. Health Minister Christine Elliott added that they are “working 24/7” to ensure that healthcare workers are provided with the equipment they need to help their patients during the outbreak.

Ontario reported 411 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus Saturday morning and 31 deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 6,648.

The death toll has risen to 253, with Saturday’s report marking the largest single-day increase in COVID-19-related deaths in Ontario since the outbreak began.

Meanwhile, the number of resolved cases in the province sits at 2,853, or 43 per cent of all confirmed cases.

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Saturday’s increase in cases marks a 6.6 per cent jump compared to the day prior, down from Friday which saw a 8.3 per cent increase.

The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is 691 — a single-day increase of 18 — with 257 in intensive care and 215 on a ventilator.

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Around 13 per cent of all confirmed cases in Ontario have resulted in hospitalization.

Just under 3,700 additional tests have been conducted, bringing the total number of tests done in the province to 96,321.

The newly-reported numbers are valid as of 4 p.m. Friday.

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Earlier this week, Premier Doug Ford expressed concern that Ontario’s full testing capacity of 13,000 tests per day was not being used.

Health officials have since released a plan to increase the number of tests, with a goal of reaching 16,000 per day by May 6.

READ MORE: How Ontario is planning to hit 16K daily COVID-19 tests by May 6

Here is a breakdown of Ontario’s cases by age and gender:

  • Just over 45 per cent of cases are male, with over 54 per cent reported in females. Forty-two cases did not specify male or female.
  • 19 and under: 157 cases, or 2.4 per cent
  • 20 to 39: 1,648 cases, or 24.8 per cent
  • 40 to 59: 2,303 cases, or 34.6 per cent
  • 60 to 79: 1,615 cases, or 24.3 per cent
  • 80 and over: 919 cases, or 13.8 per cent

Meanwhile, the province has announced that emergency orders related to COVID-19 — including the closure of non-essential workplaces, outdoor park amenities and recreational areas, along with restrictions on social gatherings — have been extended until April 23.

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