There seems to be some good news on the horizon in one province. According to the latest figures tracking COVID-19 in Ontario, there were 437 new cases of the disease confirmed in the province on Sunday. While this sounds like a lot, it’s actually the lowest increase in cases we’ve seen in almost two weeks.

On April 26, official figures confirmed 437 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, taking the province’s total to more than 14,000 people.

While this is still a significant number, it’s a definite improvement for the region. In fact, this is the lowest overnight increase Ontario has seen since April 13.

It’s a positive sign, particularly as a similar trend was noted on Saturday. With 476 new cases confirmed at the beginning of the weekend, this also marks a multi-week low.

This comes as more people in the province have now recovered from COVID-19 than there are active cases. As of Sunday, there were 14,432 total cases of the disease, with 8,000 resolved cases.

This is all somewhat reassuring news, particularly after the region broke records for the most new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. 640 additional people were confirmed to have the disease, and 50 people died.

Just weeks after Premier Doug Ford committed to improving the province’s testing numbers, the amount of people assessed on Saturday increased to more than 12,000. This is up from just 10,578 on Friday.

"We're laser-focused on ramping up our testing capacity so we can protect the most vulnerable in our communities and those who protect them, like our frontline health care workers and first responders," Premier Ford explained on April 10.

Ford promised that by the end of April, the region will be testing at least 14,000 people every day.

Despite the positive news, it’s too early to start getting excited. 

Speaking on Friday, Ontario’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, told reporters that it could still be several weeks before the province can consider starting to relax social distancing rules.

In a similar announcement, Premier Doug Ford confirmed that reopening non-essential businesses by the end of May is “absolutely not going to happen.”

While returning to normal life is still probably a little while away, the small improvements are still worth celebrating.

Hang in there, Ontario!

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

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