Since Ontario has declared a state of emergency, many businesses and venues are closing their doors as residents start to practice social distancing. While the number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario continues to rise, the government has revealed that a majority of travel-related cases have come from people returning from the United States. So far, Ontario has seen 671 positive cases of the virus.
According to the Ministry of Health, a majority of travel-related cases of the virus are linked to residents who returned from a trip to the U.S.
Public Health Units' data show that there are currently 46 confirmed cases of people who contracted the virus after visiting our southern neighbours.
If you’re wondering what country holds the second-highest travel-transmission rate, it's Iran with only 14 cases.
However, CTV reported that at least 13 cases of U.S.-linked transmission occurred while aboard a cruise ship.
Hundreds of Canadians became trapped on a California cruise ship this month after a COVID-19 outbreak.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is now advising all residents to avoid cruise travel amid the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus.
The data also show that 71% of Ontario's COVID-19 cases are travel-related, while only 22% of patients got the virus from close contact.
Ontario confirmed 100 new cases on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
The leap brings the province’s total to 671 active cases, a statistic that includes the nine deaths and eight resolved cases.
However, it is important to note that there is still no information about 66% of Ontario's confirmed cases.
We all have a role to play to reduce the spread of #COVID19, including #SocialDistancing. We are in this together.… https://t.co/DZTsjb1Pvi— Ontario Government (@Ontario Government)1585071330.0
The federal government announced on Wednesday that it would be enacting the Quarantine Act to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Under the new regulations, all Canadians returning to the country after March 25 will be forced to take special precautions.
That includes mandatory self-isolation for 14 days for travellers coming back into the country.