The three-day decline in new COVID-19 cases in Ontario has come to an end after a significant rise was reported on Tuesday morning. The Ontario government has reported 525 new cases, compared to 437 on Sunday. It also revealed a new daily record for the number of deaths in a single day.
A record-breaking 59 new deaths were reported on Tuesday, which breaks the previous tally of 57 deaths on Monday.
As of Tuesday, the province has also surpassed 15,000 cases of COVID-19.
Out of the 15,381 cases, there have been 951 deaths across the province and nearly 9,000 recoveries.
Ontarians were given a brief glimmer of hope after the province saw the number of new cases decline for three days in a row.
On Monday, the 424 new cases that were reported were the lowest numbers that the province had seen since April 13.
While officials were hopeful that the decline would continue, it looks like we may still need some more time to see a steady drop in cases.
Although the province is now in a "best-case scenario" regarding the pandemic, they are not ready to reopen until the future looks more secure.
On Monday, Doug Ford announced that the province had come up with a three-step plan to reopen Ontario.
While no date has been set on when residents can see the lockdown loosen, it has been made clear that it will only come after the number of COVID-19 cases lessen.
"The framework is about how we’re reopening, not when we’re reopening. Let me be crystal clear, as long as this virus remains a threat to Ontario, we will continue to take every precaution necessary, we will continue to act based on the best advice available to us," said Ford during the press briefing.
In fact, the province could still be in for more weeks of lockdown.
Last week, Doug Ford announced that the re-opening of the province by Victoria Day weekend is "absolutely not going to happen."
Toronto Public Health has also revealed that they are worried that another wave of COVID-19 could hit.
Yet, when this second wave will be seen across the province is still unknown.