TORONTO – COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Ontario, with the province announcing 478 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
It’s highest one-day total since May 2, and well above the seven-day average of just more than 351 per day.
The province also recorded three new deaths Tuesday,
The spike in the number of new daily cases comes the same day the province is expected to share its COVID-19 fall preparedness plan.
Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott said the province is looking at several key areas ahead of flu season, including lab testing and surgeries.
“We have also asked for a lot of money to do this, both from the federal government and internally,” Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott said Monday.
Ontario is reporting 478 cases of #COVID19 as more than 34,200 tests were completed. Locally, there are 153 new cases in Toronto with 95 in Peel and 90 in Ottawa. 68% of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) September 22, 2020
“We have to work with the federal government to support those areas including testing and lab capacity. All of these things are coming together.”
She said the province had been working on the plan for several months, and that it’s been put together “on the understanding it is going to be more difficult to deal with than the first wave” of COVID-19.
-With files from 680 NEWS