Published Friday, November 27, 2020 10:16AM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 27, 2020 10:31AM EST
The Ministry of Health says that there were 1,855 new cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus confirmed on Thursday.
That is a sizeable increase on the previous record of 1,588 cases but it coincides with a massive jump in testing. The province’s labs were able to turn around 58,037 individual tests on Thursday, which is nearly 10,000 more than the previous high of 48,488 that was set back on Oct. 8.
As a result, the ministry says that the positive percentage for the last 24 hours was actually 3.7 per cent, which is the lowest it has been in more than a week.
Nonetheless, the sheer number of new cases are troubling.
It is a 25 per cent increase from yesterday’s total of 1,478 new cases and pushes the seven-day average up to 1,489.
That number had stood at 1,372 at this point last week and 1,355 one week prior (Nov. 13), as cases temporarily flatlined following a significant surge at the beginning of November.
Of the new cases confirmed on Friday, more than half involved residents in either Toronto (494 new cases) or Peel (517).
York had 189 new cases while Halton had 130, Durham had 65 and Hamilton had 82.
The hotspot for infection outside the GTA was Waterloo with 74 new cases.
More to come…