Ontario has reached 'peak' in coronavirus cases

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

This peak has come earlier than was anticipated in prior models thanks to substantial public-health interventions, such as shutting down non-essential businesses.

Ontario is reporting 606 new cases of coronavirus, the largest single-day increase, and 31 new deaths.

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. "We will remain focused on the well-being of our residents, their families and our hard-working staff", Elm Grove Living Centre said in a statement.

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Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province has avoided a significant surge of coronavirus cases and they are now trending towards a best-case scenario rather than a worst-case one. No further details have been released regarding the criteria or benchmarks, but the premier said they will be created in consultation with health officials, business associations and municipal partners.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has said that his government is working on a framework to guide the "gradual, measured and safe" reopening of the economy after health officials released data saying community-spread cases of COVID-19 appear to have peaked. "Nobody wants to say that, but I think sometimes people need to hear it". But there are still plenty of people without antibodies who could get sick and die if everything was to reopen too soon, and once a second wave has started it's hard to contain. I'm very, very concerned about flu season in the fall...

The pace of new cases is slowing.

Earlier projections forecasted that between 3,000 to 15,000 people in the province could die from COVID-19 with the health measures already in place, while in a worst-case scenario, as many as 100,000 people could die without any public health measures in place. So while it is encouraging, it does not mean the pandemic is over, or even easing.

The province now has a total of 10,578 confirmed cases and a death toll of 553. "The numbers clearly show that the steps we have taken as a province are working and they're working because of you".

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