Ontario reports higher daily COVID-19 cases after Trudeau warns second wave is here

Canada's most populous province is reporting an increase in new daily COVID-19 case numbers a day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned the pandemic's second wave could make for a tough fall.

Ontario reported 409 new infections today, up from 335 on Wednesday.

There has also been one new death related to the novel coronavirus in the province.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says nearly two-thirds of new cases are in people under 40.

Ontario's total number of cases stands at more than 148,000, including more than 9,200 deaths.

Trudeau warned in a televised speech on Wednesday that a dramatic tripling in new daily COVID-19 cases in the last month means Canadians aren't likely to be able to gather for Thanksgiving.

"We're on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring."

Trudeau said Canadians can't do anything to change the numbers now, or even tomorrow.

"But what we can change is where we are in October, and into the winter," he said.

"It's all too likely we won't be gathering for Thanksgiving, but we still have a shot at Christmas."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2020

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