The Ontario government has announced a new all-time high of 351 additional cases of COVID-19 on Monday. COVID-19 in Ontario has spread significantly in the past few weeks, with growing numbers of newly confirmed cases increasing nearly every day. Now, the province has 1,706 reported cases, including 431 resolved and 23 deceased, according to the government website

This marks the second day a new all-time high has been set in the province. On Sunday, 211 new cases were also reported. 

Just over a week ago, on Friday, March 20, the province recorded its biggest jump of 50 new cases. Now, the province has seen that daily number increase significantly.  

According to the government's website, 77.3% of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are between the ages of 20-64. 

As numbers continue to rise across the province, Ontario has tightened security precautions. Group gatherings of more than five people have officially been banned and all non-essential businesses remain closed. 

OPP has also warned that all residents should avoid non-essential travel and should practice social distancing as much as possible in an attempt to limit the number of new cases. 

The City of Toronto has also been working hard with the province to make sure that people are taking social distancing protocols seriously.

John Tory just announced that people can be ticketed up to $5,000 if they are caught ignoring the recent park shutdowns in the city. 

Despite the rise in cases, the Ontario government ensures that they are doing their best to ensure the safety of the province. 

"Ontario has been diligently monitoring and taking decisive action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep Ontarians informed," said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health in a news release.

"We will continue to work with Public Health Ontario, public health units and the health sector to have and report on the best possible data to help us understand the scope of the COVID-19 outbreak in our province and inform our collective response to keep all Ontarians safe and healthy."

Currently, Ontario has the second-highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the nation.

According to the Government of Canada's website, Quebec has reported the highest number of positive cases with 2,840 as of Monday morning.  

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