GOOD NEWS: Ottawa has no new cases of coronavirus, Ontario increases by single digits

The provincial update for new cases of the COVID-19 virus have come back with a promising sign: Social distancing is working.

The provincial update for new cases of the COVID-19 virus have come back with a promising sign: Social distancing is working.

According to new official figures, Ottawa has zero new cases of the novel coronavirus, while Ontario as a whole only has eight.

The total number of confirmed cases now sits at 180, according to new figures on Ontario.ca. The province has approved 1,1167 patients for the COVID-19 virus to date, with 9,415 testing negative. Nearly 1,600 remain under investigation. Five cases have been resolved.

Eight cases of the virus are still pending, with all pending cases currently self-isolated or hospitalized.

Earlier today, Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in the province.

"We're facing an unprecedented time in our history. This is a decision that was not made lightly," said Ford Tuesday morning at Queen's Park. He was joined at the podium by Solicitor General Sylbia Jones, Health Minister Christine Elliott, and Finance Minister Rod Phillips.

Ontario calling for a state of emergency means that the province will temporarily close all restaurants, bars, and public gatherings of more than 50 people. Theatres, concerts, and indoor events are all included in these restrictions. The state of emergency is set to expire on April 1.