Ontario reports 834 new COVID-19 cases
Ontario is reporting 834 new COVID-19 cases.
Wednesday’s new cases are in line with the 824 reported Tuesday and just a bit below the 851 reported Monday.
Eighty-one percent of the new cases are in the hot spots around the GTHA and Ottawa.
Over 30 thousand tests were completed over the last day, short of the province’s daily goal of 50 thousand, with a backlog of 33,906.
There have been 72,885 cases in Ontario since the start of the pandemic with 85.5 percent deemed resolved.
Another 5 people have died from the virus in Ontario bringing the death toll to 3,108.
Ford says curve is flattening
Premier Doug Ford insists the COVID-19 curve is about to head downwards, and the latest provincial modelling data, to be presented later today, will prove it.
Ford says, while we haven’t reached a plateau in the second wave yet, the numbers are trending in the right direction.
There were 834 new coronavirus cases reported in Ontario yesterday, down for the third day since Sunday’s record-high one-thousand and 42 diagnoses were reported.
Health officials say the numbers from this week and next will show which way the virus is heading.
Meantime, the public health unit in York Region is reporting at least 44 cases stemming from one wedding.
About 100 people attended the two days of celebrations in mid-October.
Insurance Bureau looking at changes due to COVID-19
The Insurance Bureau of Canada says it’s creating a team to help vulnerable businesses find affordable coverage, as insurance rates rise due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bureau, the industry representative of insurance companies across the country, says they’ll start with the hard-hit hospitality sector.
The move comes after warnings from Premier Ford that he might introduce new regulations if the industry didn’t take action on its own.
Excess deaths statistics in Canada
Statistics Canada says we can expect to see a continued upswing in excess deaths, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between March and June, there were seven-thousand excess deaths in Canada, that’s when the number of fatalities exceeds what’s normally expected.
The number dropped back to normal in July but was up again in August, September, and October.
The agency says the figures include those who may have died due to the indirect effects of the pandemic, such as a postponed medical procedure or diagnostic test.