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Ontario's single-day COVID-19 cases rise to more than 600

Last Updated Sep 30, 2020 at 10:51 am EDT

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at a lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ontario is reporting 625 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, an increase from the 554 cases on Tuesday.

Toronto remains the virus hotspot in Ontario with the most new cases (288), followed by Peel (97), York Region (41), and Ottawa (64).

In a tweet, Health Minister Christine Elliott said 62 per cent of Wednesday’s cases are in people under the age of 40.

Elliott said nearly 35,800 tests were completed in the previous day.

Four more people have died, raising the provincial death toll to 2,848.

A total of 51,710 people have now tested positive in Ontario, with 84.9 per cent of cases considered resolved.

The latest update came as the province revealed new modelling numbers amid the pandemic’s second wave.

Health officials said case counts are projected to rise to 1,000 cases a day by the first half of October. They also said cases are currently doubling every 10 to 12 days and Intensive Care Unit occupancy, which is currently steady, could spike in the coming weeks.