The number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario is increasing with 166 other infections

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TORONTO – Ontario saw an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, after a week of reporting a relatively low number of cases in the province. Health officials confirmed 166 new infections in Ontario this morning, which Health Minister Christine Elliott called “a slight increase in the past few days”.

The report brings the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 37,440, an increase of 0.4% from Friday’s total, when 111 new laboratory-confirmed cases were added.

Of all laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province, 33,294 patients (88.9%) have recovered from the virus and 132 resolved cases have been reported since yesterday.

According to Saturday’s epidemiological summary, most of the new cases have been reported in Toronto and Windsor-Essex, with the two regions each confirming 47 new COVID-19 infections.

Of the province’s 34 public health units, 28 report five or fewer cases of the new coronavirus and 15 units report no new cases, said Elliott.

In addition, two more COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded in Ontario in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 2,748.

The news comes as most of the province moved to Stage 3 of Ontario’s regional reopening strategy on Friday, which allows gyms and cinemas to reopen as well as restaurants inside.

Toronto, Windsor-Essex, Niagara and several other regions were barred from entering the third phase due to the relatively high number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in these regions.

Most of the new cases reported on Saturday were in people 39 and under.

COVID-19 tests in Ontario

In the past 24 hours, Ontario public health units have performed 28,849 tests for COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, the province has performed more than 1.8 million tests for the virus.

However, health officials have confirmed that 24,551 tests are currently under investigation.

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