The count keeps rising in Ontario. The province announced in its latest update on the morning of Monday, March 23, that the number of residents who have contracted COVID-19 in Ontario jumped by 78 overnight. That means the total number of province-wide cases confirmed has nearly doubled in the span of four days since Thursday, March 19.
Just three days ago, on Friday, March 20, the province recorded its biggest single-day jump in cases so far, with 50 new cases announced that morning.
However, the rise reported on the province's official COVID-19 monitoring page on Monday morning since Sunday evening has exceeded that.
Some 78 new cases on Monday have taken the province-wide total above 500 for the first time — to 503. On Thursday evening, it was sitting at a little over half that number, at 258.
According to CP24, this is a 30% increase since the last recorded figure.
Meanwhile, CBC's Mike Crawley notes it is an 18% increase from the March 22 update at 5:30 p.m.
Those 503 provincial cases include eight patients who have recovered as well as six deaths, so the "active case" total is 489 right now, according to these most recent provincial stats.
Of the new cases for which location information is available right now, 15 are in Toronto.
BREAKING: 78 new confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Ontario. That's an 18% increase from the total as of 5:30p… https://t.co/ah1S5cMkU5— Mike Crawley (@Mike Crawley) 1584974846.0
Meanwhile, eight more are in York Region, six in Peel Region, three in Hamilton, three in Durham Region, and two in Halton Region.
Per the Toronto Star, at least six of the newly announced wave of patients are currently in hospital.
According to CBC, there are about 8,417 pending test results. Over 28,500 tests have already been administered in the province.
In total, around one third of Canada's approximately 1,500 confirmed cases are in Ontario.
The province's latest death, that of a man in his 80s announced on Sunday, is the first fatality in Ontario in which travel or close contact has not been a factor, per Global News.
“Unfortunately, this man’s tragic passing highlights that we now have community transmission of COVID-19 in our area,” said local medical officer Dr. Lynn Noseworthy.
Meanwhile, the City of Toronto confirmed its first death over the weekend.
Despite constant reminders to Ontarians about practicing social distancing, some people still just don't get it, it seems.
The province has amped up its measures to make sure people are following these recommendations. If ignored, people could face a fine of up to $1,000.