Ontario reports fewer than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for first time in weeks


Ontario health officials are reporting fewer than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since the beginning of April. The province confirmed 2,791 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. The last time the province reported fewer than 3,000 new cases was on April 5 before the height of the third wave. The dip in daily infections today comes after the province logged 3,436 cases on Monday, 3,732 new cases on Sunday and 3,369 new cases on Saturday. Ontario’s rolling seven-day average now stands at 3,509, down from 3,887 at this point last week. The positivity rate in the province remained high on Tuesday. With 33,740 tests processed in the last 24 hours, the positivity rate stands at 9.1 per cent. Health officials also reported that 25 more people have died due to COVID-19. In total, the province has seen 8,143 deaths related to the novel coronavirus. There are currently more than 2,167 people in hospital due to the disease. At least 886 of these patients are in intensive care and 609 are breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.

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