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Second straight sub-300 day for new COVID cases

The province reported 292 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the second straight day where new cases dropped below 300. In addition, for the first time in several days the number of recoveries exceeded new cases by a margin of 414 recoveries vs the 292 new cases.

The newly confirmed infections bring the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the province to 26,483. Nearly 77 per cent of those are now resolved.

According to Wednesday’s epidemiological summary, eight of Ontario’s deceased COVID-19 patients were between the ages of 20 and 39. There have been no deaths recorded in people 19 years of age or younger. Eighty-seven of all deceased patients in the province were between the ages of 40 and 59 and 563 people were between the ages of 60 and 79. People 80 years of age or older continue to be the hardest hit age group with 1,497 deaths.

The total number of health-care workers who have contracted the novel coronavirus since the outbreak began in late January surpassed 4,500 today, accounting for about 17 per cent of all cases in Ontario.

Meanwhile, Ontario has extended its emergency orders to at least June 9, as some areas of the province continue to see a concerning number of new cases of COVID-19.

A CBC News analysis published this morning found that more than three-quarters of the active cases of COVID-19 currently listed in the province’s database are found in the five public health units of Toronto, Peel, York, Durham and Halton regions.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to make an announcement this afternoon in the wake of a devastating report on conditions inside five Ontario long-term care homes where Canadian Armed were sent in to deal with crisis conditions.

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