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Ontario reports dramatic jump in COVID-19 cases, new record high

Last Updated Oct 8, 2020 at 10:18 am PDT

FILE - A health-care worker does testing at a drive-thru COVID-19 assessment centre at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. COVID-19 appeared to be gaining gain steam across Eastern Canada today as both Ontario and Quebec saw a surge in cases.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario has set a new record for daily COVID-19 cases

Ontario reported 797 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

The province is also reporting the largest number of tests done to date

TORONTO – Ontario is marking a grim milestone, recording 797 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, setting a daily record.

The province also reported four new deaths.

According to Ontario’s health minister, nearly 48,500 tests have been completed. This is the largest number of tests done to date.

Thursday’s record comes after Ontario reported 583 new cases and one death associated with COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The Toronto region is still the leading hotspot with 265 cases, followed by Ottawa with 182.

So far, more than 56,000 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the province since the pandemic began.

The record count comes just days before the Thanksgiving long weekend kicks off. People across the country, including in Ontario, are being urged to keep their celebrations small. Ontarians are being told to celebrate with their immediate households only in an effort to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Please remember to continue to follow the public health measures that will help us to stop the spread,” Health Minister Christine Elliott says on Twitter, adding people can still gather with friends and other family members virtually.