TORONTO — Ontario is reporting more than 4,300 new cases of COVID-19 over the past two days.
The 4,301 new infections bring Ontario’s COVID-19 case total to 169,411, including deaths and recoveries.
Health officials say 81 deaths related to the novel coronavirus occurred in the last 48-hour period, pushing the province’s death toll to 4,359. At least 39 of those who died were residents of a long-term care facility.
As well, 4,150 more cases are now considered to be resolved by the Ministry of Health. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 145,173 people have fully recovered after contracting COVID-19.
Ontario logged a record 2,447 cases on Thursday and 2,408 on Wednesday.
The number of tests completed over the last two days was not made available by the province.
Saturday’s report comes as Ontario enters a provincewide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the strain on hospitals. The lockdown forces the closure of most indoor businesses, with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies.
Earlier this month, hospitals in the province were told to prepare surge capacity plans in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients.
Health officials have warned that serious surgeries and treatments – such as those for cancer, heart problems and other conditions – could be delayed if hospital ICU’s are overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
This is a breaking news story. More to come.
With files from CP24’s Joshua Freeman.