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Ontario records highest number of new COVID-19 cases yet

People wait in line for hours at a COVID assessment centre at Mount Sinai Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Thursday, September 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Summary

Ontario has reported 700 new cases of COVID-19

This is the highest daily total reported in Ontario so far

Cases of COVID-19 also continue to surge in Quebec

TORONTO – Ontario reported 700 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death on Monday, marking the province’s highest daily total to date.

The province recorded close to 500 new cases on Sunday, with the trend of high daily totals continuing in recent weeks.

According to provincial health, 60 per cent of the new cases reported on Monday were in people under 40 years old. So far, more than 41,100 tests have been completed, and 331 cases are resolved.

Ontario announced new restrictions on Friday in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including new regulations for bars and restaurants.

The record number of new coronavirus cases comes just days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada was in the midst of a second wave.

However, researchers say a second wave of COVID-19 could hit Ontario, specifically, by mid-to-late-October.

The only way to avoid a doubling in cases is to crack down now, according to the COVID-19 Modelling Collaborative.

Researchers say the best case scenario would mimic the province’s first wave, when numbers increased exponentially, but were flattened by a lockdown. Worst case would see people filling hospitals and intensive care units beyond capacity, similar to the first wave that hit Italy when the pandemic started.

Quebec also seeing spike in COVID-19 cases

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 infections is also growing in Quebec, where 896 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sunday.

Sunday’s total marked that province’s highest single-day tally in months, with authorities linking the increase in cases primarily to community transmission.

On Sunday, Health Minister Christian Dube told Radio-Canada “Tout le monde en parle” that the COVID-19 situation was alarming in Montreal and Quebec City, and both would soon enter the maximum-alert red level under the province’s COVID-19 colour-coded system.