The news keeps moving at an astounding pace. Up to 20 new Ontario COVID-19 cases have been confirmed on March 13, taking the provincial total to 79. And provincial chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams is recommending that events and public gatherings of over 250 people be suspended across Ontario.
According to CBC's Mike Crawley, the number of confirmed cases of the virus has increased by 20 since Thursday, March 12.
The Toronto Star reports that Ontario says it has now tested 5,129 cases. 4,470 have come back as negative, with 580 currently under investigation and with five “resolved.”
The province's dedicated COVID-19 page breaks down some details of the new cases.
12 of the 20 are based in the City of Toronto, with four in Peel Region and one each in York Region, Ottawa, Niagara, and Waterloo.
The province has confirmed that none of the new cases suggest a spread of the illness via "community contact."
"For 5 cases (in Toronto), no info about their ages, how the virus was transmitted, and whether they visited a hospital," Crawley reports
And, according to The Canadian Press via CP24, Dr. Williams strongly suggests that gatherings of at least 250 people should be cancelled across the board as a precautionary measure.
Ontario Minister of Health Christine Elliott confirmed that advice in a tweet.
— Dr. Williams is also recommending the immediate suspension of large events and public gatherings over 250 people.… https://t.co/8QUy3amKm2— Christine Elliott (@Christine Elliott) 1584118127.0
Dr. Williams encourages organizers of smaller gatherings to speak with their local public health facility.
He also suggests that Ontarians should distance themselves from social interactions just in case, and as much as possible in order to manage the spread of the virus.
BREAKING: Ontario confirms another 20 cases of #COVID-19 overnight. Total now 74. Yesterday it was up 17. We are se… https://t.co/jQeNwi4vAT— Rob Ferguson (@Rob Ferguson) 1584115108.0
This latest news of more cases in Ontario comes just after several closures have been made in Toronto, ranging from institutions to businesses and local landmarks.
The provincial government has already made a move to cancel all publicly funded schools in the province after March Break for two weeks as a response to the growing panic.
Universities and colleges have since begun to follow suit as the number of infected Ontarians continues to climb.
Meanwhile, residents have been clearing out shelves of supermarkets and general stores as they stock up amid widespread advice to self-isolate.
And, on Friday morning, the CN Tower took the rare action of closing to the public, announcing it would not reopen until at least April 14.