Ontario's Minister of Health has said that we can expect to see COVID-19 cases in Ontario start dropping soon. 

In a Wednesday press conference, Christine Elliott said that the province will start seeing numbers go down "in the next week or two."

When asked why cases are rising to higher than they were before more restrictions were put in place, Elliott responded that the current numbers are a reflection of cases that happened "five days to a week ago."

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What we expect to see in the next while, the next week or two, will be a reduction in the number of cases. 

Christine Elliott

She said that it takes some time after measures are put into place to start seeing results. 

The Minister of Health also confirmed that the province is seeing "some evidence" of this already in Ottawa. 

"We do anticipate that the numbers will start to go down as a result of the measures that we've taken in those locations."

While Elliott states that they anticipate numbers to go down, Toronto Public Health isn't confident to say the same. 

"It is still too early to determine whether Toronto is moving in the right direction, as high case counts continue to be reported every day," TPH said in an email to Narcity. 

"Because the incubation period is 14 days, it can take around 2 weeks to observe if new infections are on the decline."

On October 9, it was announced that Toronto, Peel and Ottawa would be going back into modified stage two rules. 

The next week, Ford warned that other regions could follow suit if cases continue to rise. 

On October 16, Ford announced that York Region would also be entering parts of stage two because of rising cases. 

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