Provincial health officials have reported 700 new COVID-19 cases throughout the province, marking the highest single-day increase since the outbreak first began in late January.

This usurps the previous record high of 640 that was reported in late April when community transmission of the novel coronavirus was at its spring peak in the province.

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According to the province, a majority of newly confirmed cases are concentrated in four public health units including Toronto, Peel Region, Ottawa, and York Region.

Monday's new reported case numbers in the main four public health units are broken down below:

  • Toronto: 344
  • Peel Region: 104
  • Ottawa: 89
  • York Region: 56
  • Health Minister Christine Elliott said that about 60% of new cases reported today were found in people under 40 years old.

    This comes as the provincial government announced restaurants, bars, and nightclubs must close by midnight each night as part of new measures to control the deadly virus. What’s more, all strip clubs in the province must temporarily shut down. The government says private social gatherings continue to be a significant source of transmission in many local communities, along with outbreak clusters in restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments, including strip clubs, with most cases in the 20-39 age group.

    To date, there has been a total of 50,531 cases with 43,127 resolved and 2,840 reported deaths in the province.