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FILE- Canadian Blood Services is concerned the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in cancellations for donation appointments

FILE- Canadian Blood Services is concerned the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in cancellations for donation appointments

Travel was implicated in some of the cases, but the source of the COVID-19 infection was still under investigation for most of the new cases.

There was, however, still no transmission data for almost two thirds of the province's 588 known cases as of Tuesday as public officials continued the painstaking work of contact tracing in order to confirm or rule out community transmission.

There are also 10,489 cases now under investigation.

The number of people in Ontario with a confirmed case of COVID-19 increased Wednesday by 100.

Seven of the cases in Toronto contracted the virus through close contact, while others contracted it from recent travel to the US, UK, and Spain. There are now 22 cases in Brampton, four in Caledon and 36 in Mississauga.

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The province's website indicates that some of the new cases in Peel include people who have been in close contact with patients and people who have travelled. An 80-year-old woman who lived in a facility in Hamilton died in hospital, where she had been treated for the past week.

Thirty-one cases listed did not have any information for ages, location, form of transmission or status. According to Halton Region Public Health, there are 18 cases in the region as of 10:30 am on March 25.

Quebec's move came after the province's two man construction unions last week asked Premier Francois Legault to shut down the industry because not enough was being done on job sites to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. There are a total of 46 such cases listed in the data, which is more than three times the number of cases that Ontario has seen in individuals returning from the next most commonly listed country - Iran (14 cases). A woman in her 70s, who recently travelled to Spain, has been hospitalized.

Dr. Theresa Tam told the Senate on Wednesday that both Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec have put "amazing" systems in place to screen donors for symptoms of COVID-19 before allowing them into the blood donation centres.

Residents are reminded to wash their hands frequently and stay home unless it is not possible to do so.

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