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Ontario reports 460 new COVID-19 cases, largest increase in over 2 weeks

Last Updated May 24, 2020 at 2:02 pm EDT

An Etobicoke drive-through COVID-19 assessment centre in April 2020. (Tony Fera/CityNews)

Ontario reported 460 new cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, the biggest increase in just over two weeks.

The rise in cases represents a 1.8 per cent increase over yesterday’s total, and the daily growth rate has hovered between 1.5 and 1.9 per cent over most of the last two weeks.

Once again, for the seventh consecutive day, the number of new cases outpaced the number of resolved ones.

The provincial total of confirmed cases now stands at 25,500 with 76.4 per cent considered resolved.

The rolling five day average of new cases sits at 423 which is up from last week’s average of 349.

The province managed to complete 11,383 tests in the previous 24 hour period, which is still well below the province’s capacity of 21,000 per day. The province hit a high of just over 19,000 tests on May 9 but in the last seven days it has yet to approach 12,000 tests done.

Ontario premier Doug Ford urged all Ontarians who want to get tested for COVID-19 to “go get a test” whether they are showing symptoms or not. He said the province will unveil a new targeted testing strategy next week that will focus on various sectors and so-called hotspots

The daily number of deaths continued to decline slightly with 25 more people dying of the disease, bringing the total death count to 2,073.

Of those total deaths, 1,300 are in long-term care settings, according to Public Health Ontario. The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports that 1,525 people have died n long-term care – a discrepancy attributed to a lag in reported deaths.

The City of Toronto reported 200 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the total number of confirmed cases surpassed 10,000.

While the 2 per cent increase is slightly down from the previous day, the rolling seven day average of new cases continued to climb.

The city now has 10,035 confirmed cases of coronavirus with just over 26 per cent resolved.

The number of newly resolved cases continued to trail the number of new cases for the sixth straight day, although the gap between the two was the closest it has been over that time frame.

Only nine new deaths were reported for a total of 759.

Hospitalizations continues to fall while the number of patients in ICU and on a ventilator remained virtually unchanged.

Files from The Canadian Press were used in this report