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Ottawa, Apr 20 (Canadian-Media): Although it is suggested by updated COVID-19 models, that community spread of the novel coronavirus in Ontario has reached a peak earlier than expected, but public health officials advise the public to stay the course to achieve the best-case scenario in the weeks ahead, media reports said.
According to the revised projections of the current status of COVID-19 in Ontario provided by the health authorities on Apr 20 afternoon as well as documents provided by the province's dedicated COVID-19 task force reveal the total number of cases during this wave of outbreak is now likely less than 20,000 if the physical distancing and other emergency measures remain in place.
This figure is much lower than Ontario's previous modelling update on April 3 the worst-case scenario of 300,000 and expected-case scenario of 80,000.
These new numbers, Premier Doug Ford said Monday show that Ontario's physical distancing measures are working but he still cautioned hat the fight against COVID-19 is far from over.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter
Experts initially anticipated a peak of community spread at some point in May.
A plan is being worked out by the province, said Ford to gradually reopen everything it shut down.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said until health officials deem it safe to ease restrictions, everyone needs to continue staying home and following precautionary measures
Physical distancing to remain for foreseeable future, officials say Dr. Barbara Yaffe, the province's associate chief medical officer of health.