The Canadian province of Ontario reported 10,436 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 29, setting a new record for the highest number of cases reported in a day.
The new record slightly surpassed the previous record of 10,412 cases set on Christmas Day.
The surge in cases for the last couple of weeks is due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
However, health experts warned that the actual figure could be higher because some public health units have reached their testing capacity.
The provincial total is now at 725,841 cases.
Public Health Ontario also recorded its highest ever positivity rate at 26.9%.
The seven-day average of daily cases also rose to 9,183 — a sixth consecutive day of new pandemic records.
In response to the surge, the Ontario government announced that it will pause access to long-term, care homes by general visitors starting on Dec. 30.
The provincial government will also pause day absences for all long-term care homes residents for social purposes.
“We know that long-term care residents face an increased risk of COVID-19. Given the high community infection rates we’re seeing with the Omicron variant, the time for more action is now,” Minister of Long-Term Care Rod Phillips said in a statement.
“These new temporary measures will help keep residents safe and help critical staff remain on the job,” Phillips added.
The provincial government said that it will closely monitor the situation in long-term care homes and will adjust health measures as necessary.
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