Ontario Reports 486 New COVID-19 Cases and 5 More Deaths – .

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TORONTO – Ontario is reporting 486 new cases of COVID-19, marking the sixth day in a row that the daily number of cases is below 500.

Saturday’s case count is a slight decrease from the 496 infections reported Friday, but an increase from the 417 cases reported Thursday and 306 confirmed Wednesday.

The seven-day average of daily COVID-19 cases now stands at around 441, up from 537 the week before.

With just over 32,600 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the health ministry says the province’s positivity rate is around 1.7%.

Five more deaths were reported on Saturday, bringing the number of deaths in Ontario since the start of the pandemic to 9,814.

There are at least 242 people being treated for COVID-19 in Ontario hospitals, including 164 in intensive care.

The new cases come as Ontario prepares to further reopen the economy.

A week ago, the province lifted all capacity restrictions at some large indoor and outdoor venues used for sports games, concerts and events. Premier Doug Ford also confirmed on Friday that officials will release a strategy to exit Stage 3 of Ontario’s plan to reopen within the next week.

“Work started months ago and we are finalizing the plan now, including where and when we may need to reapply measures if they are needed to stop an increase in drivetrain,” Ford told reporters on Friday.

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kieran Moore has said he wants to wait a few weeks after Thanksgiving before moving forward to ensure there is no spike in cases. .

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