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Ontario's 59 New Cases Of COVID-19 Today Beat Friday's Single Day Increase Record

It's the biggest single day increase in Ontario.

Coronavirus case counts keep getting higher. As of Saturday morning, cases of COVID-19 in Ontario are up by 59. This marks the largest single-day increase since the outbreak began. 

Provincial health officials announced the massive increase and gave a breakdown of which areas in Ontario cases were concentrated. 

These include Toronto, Peel Region, Hastings and Prince Edward Counties, Durham Region, Simcoe-Muskoka, York Region, and Ottawa.* 

For some cases, they noted that the patients had travelled internationally recently. Others had close contact with another person who also tested positive for the virus. 

However for 42 of the 59 new cases, public health officials did not provide any details about the patient or transmission. 

This brings the province's total number of cases to 377. 

It also marks the biggest day-to-day increase since the outbreak began. That record had been set on Friday, with 50 new cases reported that day. Now that record has already been broken and is expected to get worse. 

Chief Medical Officer for the province, Dr. David Williams, warned yesterday that following March Break, which officially ends this weekend, the daily case count could rise to 60. It seems that number could be reached soon. 

These new numbers come as 7,200 more Ontarians are awaiting their test results. 

Canada as a whole reported that as of 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 20, there had been 76,814 tests for COVID-19. 65,673 of those came back negative. 

In order to limit further spread of the virus in the province, Ontario declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, March 17. 

This ordered the closure of many restaurants and bars, which have been limited to only takeout or delivery service. It was forced the cancellation of any event or public gathering of more than 50 people. 

The closures have also affected libraries, cinemas, gyms, and all stores and services deemed non-essential. 

As of March 21, at 9 a.m. ET, Canada reported a total of 1,048 confirmed cases of COVID-19. At that time there were 13 reported deaths from the virus. 

*This article has been updated.