As Ontarians have been highly encouraged to stay indoors, an update on the progress of COVID-19 in Ontario was given on Tuesday afternoon. Cases in Ontario have reached at least 185 after nearly doubling over this past weekend. The huge majority of them are due to travel or close contact, say health staff.

According to Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams in a press briefing on Tuesday, March 17, as of this morning, the number of cases in Ontario has reached 186, per CBC.

And some 92% of those cases have apparently been pinned down as being due to recent travel or having close contact with someone who has been tested as positive.

Of those where travel is considered the cause of infection, 29% had travelled to New York, Nevada, California, Florida, Colorado, and Massachusetts, in the U.S., according to a tweet by 680 News.

Although there are several cases across the province, according to CBC, the majority are found solely in the Greater Toronto Area.

This update comes after Ontario confirmed earlier on Tuesday its first COVID-19 related death.

The exact cause of death is still uncertain, but the 77-year-old victim was found to have COVID-19 in his system after he to what caused his death.

Since this morning, according to CBC, there have been at least three cases confirmed in Kingston, Ont. These individuals are currently in isolation at home.

Two women aged 44 and 62, as well as a man aged 48, had tested positive.

According to the medical officer of health for KFL&A Public Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, the three people had taken recent trips to Barbados, the United Kingdom, and Spain, via Global News.

Meanwhile, according to City News reporter Tina Yazdani, Public Health Ontario now has the capacity to carry out up to 2,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

That is thought to represent "a very good improvement" but the province is aiming for 5,000 per day.

However, Yazdani adds that Ontario is doubtful that it currently has enough swab kits to meet this target.

The province is currently trying to buy more.

Although the last statistical update was made at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, updated figures regarding COVID-19 in Ontario are expected to be updated at around 5:30 p.m.

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