Provincial COVID-19 caseload jumps by 550 to 5,276 people in largest single-day rise

Twenty-one more people have died, bringing the provincial total to 174

Public Health Ontario says the province’s caseload has increased by 550 people to 5,276. This is the highest single-day increase reported by the Ontario health agency.

Of those, 2,074 people have recovered, over 200 more than yesterday and about 39 percent of those who have contracted it. Twenty-one more people have died, bringing the provincial total to 174.

Premier Doug Ford said on Wednesday morning that his government now has enough reagent to begin mass testing, starting with long-term care residents, then frontline healthcare workers, before the general public.

Yesterday, Ministry of Health data showed Ontario provided just over 2,500 new test results, half of the daily target of 5,000 the government promised to achieve in late march, and far fewer than the 19,000 tests per day promised for the third week of April.

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