TORONTO -- Health officials in Ontario are reporting more than 4,300 new cases of COVID-19 as the number of patients in hospital with the disease crosses the 2,000 mark for the first time.

The 4,362 infections logged Saturday represent a decrease from Friday’s record-breaking 4,812 cases. The province broke a record on Thursday as well when it recorded 4,736 cases.

There are currently 2,065 patients in hospital with COVID-19, the highest number ever reported by the province. Of those patients, a record 726 are being treated in intensive care.

Labs across the province processed 56,852 tests in the last 24 hours, producing a positivity rate of 6.9 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.

Since the pandemic began, the province has logged 412,745 cases of COVID-19. That number includes 364,353 recoveries and 7,698 deaths, 34 of which were reported since yesterday.

Right now, there are 40,694 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Ontario. The seven-day average for number of cases reported in the province is 4,292. This time last week, that number was 3,213.

On Friday, the province introduced a number of new public health measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Those measures include a restriction on interprovincial travel, new limits on outdoor gatherings, reduced capacity at essential retailers and places of worship, and a two week extension on the provincewide stay-at-home order.

The province also granted police officers the power to stop individuals on the street or in their vehicles to question their reasons for leaving the house, a measure several Ontario forces say they are rejecting. 

This is a breaking news story. More to come.


The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.