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514 new coronavirus cases in Ontario, total rises to 8,961 with 423 deaths

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WATCH ABOVE: Following Ontario's April 15 launch of its COVID-19 action plan for protecting long-term care facilities, Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton said on Thursday that in the last 24 hours, five hospitals in Toronto have come together to support 38 long-term care homes, a "model" that will "be expanded across the province." – Apr 16, 2020

Ontario reported 514 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday and 38 additional deaths, bringing the provincial total to 8,961 cases.

The death toll has risen to 423.

Meanwhile, 4,194 people have recovered from COVID-19, which is 46.8 per cent of cases.

The province has done 128,093 tests so far for the virus. This is up 9,001 tests from the previous day.

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The Ontario government said it expected to see 8,000 people tested daily by mid-April, after being criticized for not testing enough. The government has said the province has a testing capacity of 13,000 tests daily.

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Thursday’s report marks a 6.1 per cent increase in cases compared to the day prior. Wednesday saw a 6.2 per cent increase, cases rose by 6.5 per cent on Tuesday, and Monday and Sunday each saw six per cent jumps.

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Ontario has 807 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, with 248 patients in an intensive care unit and 200 in ICUs on a ventilator.

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There are 4,323 people currently under investigation awaiting test results.

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Greater Toronto Area public health units account for 54.8 per cent of all cases in the province.

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

  • 3,855 patients are male (43 per cent)
  • 5,046 patients are female (56.3 per cent)
  • 19 and younger: 204 patients (2.3 per cent)
  • 20-39: 2,091 patients (23.3 per cent)
  • 40-59: 2,929 patients (32.7 per cent)
  • 60-79: 2,093 patients (23.4 per cent)
  • 80 and older: 1,639 patients (18.3 per cent)

During an update Thursday afternoon, chief medical health officer Dr. David Williams said officials are looking into why more female residents are testing positive. He said the gap is higher than other Canadian jurisdictions.

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There have been 104 outbreaks reported in long-term care homes.

Health-care workers in Ontario account for 980 of the total reported cases, which is 10.9 per cent of the infected population.

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

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