Lowest daily growth rate for COVID-19 across Ontario reported in weeks

21 Avril, 2020, 21:50 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Ontario  Regional COVID-19 Update

Dr. Stewart Kennedy heads the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre's COVID-19 response team.

However, enhanced public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing, are working and that has accelerated the peak to now.

Premier Doug Ford says Ontario has avoided the devastation we witnessed in other countries.

However, new research suggests that there may be many more people infected with the virus who are asymptomatic.

When restrictions are reduced, the impacts will be felt in hospitals one, two or three weeks later, he said.

Get more information online here. "Nothing's going to change until we see the curve continue to flatten or go down".

Ford says the new data modelling for the spread of COVID-19 in the province shows that we are at the peak of the spread, but warned that we must continue to be vigilant, "Today we saw modelling that shows some light at the end of the tunnel".

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"Nothing could be worse than this unimaginable tragedy", Ford said. "This could bite us in the backside in about 10 seconds".

Previous models suggested the outbreak wouldn't peak until mid-May and that 80,000 cases would be reported by mid-April.

Just over 5,500 Ontarians have recovered from the virus, according to Ministry of Health statistics released Monday morning based on reports from health units as of 4 p.m. Sunday. So while it is encouraging, it does not mean the pandemic is over, or even easing.

There are outbreaks in 127 long-term care homes, and about half of the deaths in the province are residents from those facilities, said Brown.

Experts say community spread is similar to the trend in South Korea, where the coronavirus was clamped down on quickly.

"We are confident that those measures will in fact have a great impact on outbreaks and preventing and controlling infection in this setting, but it doesn't happen overnight", she said.

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