On Wednesday morning, the provincial government announced that there have been an additional 550 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario. This is the biggest single-day increase in cases so far and includes an additional 21 deaths. These new numbers bring the total number of cases past 5,000, as indicated by the government’s website.

The new case count is an 11.6% increase from yesterday, which brings the province-wide total to 5,276 positive cases and 174 deaths.  

However, about 39% of those cases have been resolved to date, with over 2,000 recoveries. 

This record-breaking leap in cases comes after Ontario reported 309 new cases on Monday, which was the lowest number the province had seen all month.  

As the number of positive cases continues to rise, Ontario's premier Doug Ford warns that these few weeks have been "critical" in dealing with the virus.  

Last week, the premier warned in a press conference that the province was likely to see a “surge” of cases in the upcoming weeks.

“My friends, the hard truth is, right now, today, there is very little separating what we will face here in Ontario from the devastation that we have seen in Italy and Spain. Thousands of lives are at stake," he stated. 

Ford is also warning residents to continue to practice social distancing in an attempt to limit the number of cases of the novel coronavirus.

"Can I say it's tomorrow or the next day? I can't give you an exact time, but I know we are going to face it over the next few weeks, and we just want to prepare people to practice social distancing."

This comes after Ontario extended its state of emergency response until at least April 14.

Currently, hospitals are setting up triage tents to prepare for more patients in the upcoming weeks. 

So far, the province has tested over 84,000 people for COVID-19. 

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