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Ontario reports 112 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday

Last Updated Aug 30, 2020 at 2:07 pm EDT

In this March 11, 2020, file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/John Minchillo

Ontario reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday – the ninth time in the last 10 days the number has topped 100.

On Saturday, the province added 148 new cases marking the highest single-day case count in more than a month.

A total of 42,195 Ontarians have now contracted the virus with just over 90.5 per cent of patients having recovered.

People under the age of 40 continue to make up the highest number of new cases with 73 in the latest report. There were 39 new cases reported in those 40 years of age and over.

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer notes there has been an almost 50 per cent increase in reported cases among adults between the ages of 20 to 39 in recent weeks across the country.

“There is a very real possibility of the virus reaching higher risk individuals, populations and settings,” warned Dr. Theresa Tam. “As well, with mild and asymptomatic infection occurring more often in younger individuals, it is possible to spread the virus without realising.”

According to provincial health officials, Toronto reported 35 new cases followed by Peel with 27 and Ottawa adding 16.

Officials say 29 of province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases, with 17 reporting no new cases.

The province processed 24,.970 tests in the previous 24 hour period.

The number of hospitalizations remained unchanged at 51 while the number of patients in the ICU increased slightly. The number of those on ventilators doubled over the previous day.

Dr. Tam says public health officials are keeping a “very watchful eye” on increased hospitalizations, critical care admissions and deaths after the average count of new cases across the country spiked 13 per cent over the past week.

“Nationally, these indicators remain low having levelled off following a sharp and steady decline after mid-May. However, these are all considered ‘late indicators’ of COVID-19 severity,” said Dr. Tam.

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