Ontario reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases in past two weeks

Ontario Premier Doug Ford addresses the province’s daily COVID-19 press conference from Queen’s Park in Toronto on Tuesday

Along with the new cases on Sunday, 25 more people have died after contracting the respiratory virus, increasing Ontario's death toll to 2,073.

On May 21, health officials confirmed 413 new cases and the number climbed to 441, 412 and 460 in the following days.

Ontario's number of COVID-19 cases has grown by 1.1 per cent from yesterday, the province's lowest growth rate since early March.

The province's total is now 26,191 but 76.2% of the cases have been resolved, with 19,958 patients recovered.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer told reporters that "this current little blip" could be attributed to celebrations around Mother's Day weekend, on May 10.

"It was the most heart-wrenching report I have read in my entire life", said Ontario Premier Doug Ford, at one point on the verge of tears.

Ford also said a new detailed testing strategy targeting specific sectors will be unveiled next week.

In hospitals around the province, there are 878 patients (down by 34), which includes 148 in intensive care (up by one) and 104 who require a ventilator (down by 15). To date, health officials have conducted more than 629,000 COVID-19 tests.

To do so, the premier is asking all residents who are anxious they may have COVID-19 - including those without any symptoms - to access one of the province's many COVID-19 assessment centres and get tested.

That comes as Doug Ford urges people not to gather in large groups like he is seeing in some Toronto parks.

Nursing homes account for around 80 per cent of all deaths attributed to the new coronavirus in Canada.

Ontario has struggled to boost its testing numbers after completing a blitz of testing almost every resident and staff member of long-term care homes.

This is just over half of the 16,000 daily tests Premier Doug Ford promised we'd be seeing by this point (after already revising an earlier target of almost 19,000) and a steep drop from the more than 17,000 tests per day recorded at the beginning of May.

On Monday the London region surpassed 500 cases of COVID-19 and marked its 50 death.



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