Provincial health officials announced a total of 401 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Ontario on Thursday morning. The new statistic, which includes 16 more deaths, has brought the provincial total of cases to 2,793. However, nearly 30% of those confirmed to have the virus have recovered.

At the moment, 831 cases have been resolved in Ontario, according to the government website.

A total of 62,733 tests have been conducted and 2,052 tests are still pending at the moment.

The recovery percentage offers a glimmer of hope as the province prepares for a long battle with COVID-19.

Premier Doug Ford warned on Wednesday that the government is bracing for an incoming surge of confirmed cases across the province in the upcoming weeks. 

“It will take time for local production to ramp up and for new supplies to reach us,” Ford said while talking about the province’s efforts to secure medical equipment during the crisis.

“The reality is if there’s a massive surge of people coming into our hospitals in the next two weeks, our supply lines will be seriously challenged,” he added.

The latest leap of COVID-19 cases is one of Ontario's highest increases the province has seen in a single day.

On Wednesday, the government announced that Ontario had officially confirmed 2,000 cases across the province, after announcing 426 new cases in a single day. 

"We have seen an increase, yesterday over today, that’s quite significant. However, I think it’s also important to note that we’re still working on the backlog of cases that we had, and it was about 10,000 about a week ago,” Christine Elliott, Ontario’s Health Minister, said during an update on Wednesday.

“What’s going to be most important is what we are going to see when the backlog is cleared over the next day or so. We will then be dealing with current information and that is what’s going to tell us where we are in terms of flattening the curve,” she added.

The government is now urging residents to continue to practice social distancing as they extend the state of emergency for another two weeks. 

Symptoms of the virus range from mild to life-threatening and can include fever and difficulty breathing. 

The majority of people who have tested positive for the virus range between the ages of 40-59

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