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Ontario reports highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases so far with 462 more confirmed

The premier is due to report the province's modelling data for the virus at noon today

Ontario’s COVID-19 daily cases have again topped previous daily records with another 462 reported today, April 3.

The total number of confirmed cases for the province is now 3,255. Previously, the highest daily total of cases reported was 426 on April 1.

Since Friday, March 27, there have been 2,262 more COVID-19 cases reported in the province.

York Region is reporting an additional 13 cases — three more in Newmarket, and other cases in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Markham and Vaughan — as of 11:15 this morming, boosting its total to 377. The number of confirmed cases in Newmarket is currently 27, which is seven per cent of the region's cases.

The seventh death in the region, the third at Markhaven Home for Seniors, was reported last night. Southlake Regional Health Centre reported its first COVID-19 related death April 1. 

There are now 1,023 cases resolved and 67 reported deaths in Ontario. There have been 66,753 people tested in Ontario and there are 1,245 tests still in progress.

According to the Ontario stats on the virus, 462 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, and 194 of those are in an intensive care unit. There are 140 COVID-19 patients currently on a ventilator in an Ontario health care facility.

The numbers reported by Ontario Health today reflect data collected up to 4 p.m. yesterday.

At noon today, Premier Doug Ford is scheduled to deliver the province’s modelling data to let Ontarians in on the best and worst-case scenarios predicted for the COVID-19 pandemic in the province.

Three weeks ago, federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu estimated that 30 to 70 per cent of Canadians could become infected, which is somewhere between 11 million to 26 million people.

She said the number of deaths as a result of the virus would depend on how many get sick all at the same time and to what degree those patients overwhelm Canada’s health system.

— With files from Debora Kelly