It's another day of long lines at testing sites as more young Londoners test positive

The trend toward younger people testing positive for COVID-19 continues in the London region, as the health unit announced four news cases Monday. 

Only people with symptoms should go for testing right now, says public health

Masks have become regular inventory for many stores, including this one at London's Covent Garden Market. (Colin Butler/ CBC News)

The trend toward younger people testing positive for COVID-19 continues in the London region, as the health unit announced four news cases Monday. 

All four patients are under the age of 50, with two people in their 20s. It falls in line with what Ontario is seeing province-wide with Health Minister Christine Elliot saying 67 per cent of today's cases are in people under the age of 40. 

Ontario reported an additional 425 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the most on any single day in three-and-a-half months. 

Middlesex-London's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Chris Mackie, said the uptick is concerning and warned people to respect new physical distancing rules put in place over the weekend.

The new rules limit private, unmonitored gatherings in the area to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and are in place for 28 days. 

Mackie said two community outbreaks are the result of large gatherings of primarily post-secondary students, including a house party on Huron Street earlier this month. 

Wait times at London's two assessment centres continue to be long, for the second week running.

Testing centres were forced to close mid-afternoon over the weekend when they reached capacity. Just under 400 people were swabbed daily at the Carling facility.

Monday, MLHU said the lineup at the Carling facility was four hours. It was three at Oakridge. 

In an interview on London Morning Monday morning, Dr. Mackie stressed that testing is for people who have symptoms and should not be used as a precautionary measure. 


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