New COVID cases in Ontario stay under 100 per day for a full week

Thirty of the province's 34 public health units are reporting fewer than five new cases of coronavirus today with 18 reporting no cases at all

The province is reporting 79 new cases of COVID-19 today. That makes the seventh day in a row that fewer than 100 new cases have been reported per day.

According to Health Minister Christine Elliott’s daily update via Twitter, 30 of the provinces 34 public health units are reporting fewer than five cases with 18 reporting no cases at all. Elliott describes the decline in cases as “persistent.”

According to the province, there are now 55 people in hospital with the virus, 38 of those in intensive care. Some 28,000 people are being tested daily.

Of more than 40,000 total cases, 36,279 have been resolved. There have been 2,786 deaths.

Canada’s chief medical officer of health, meanwhile, is urging continued vigilance as the focus shifts to schools reopening next month.

In guidelines updated this week, the Public Health Agency of Canada says that while the evidence suggests the virus in children under 10 is not spread easily, “transmission of COVID-19 in children is not fully understood and that evidence may change with time.”

The agency is also encouraging schools to reinforce safety practices like physical distancing and washing of hands as well as placing markers in classrooms and hallways to enforce physical distancing.

The feds are reporting 119,221 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,976 deaths.

Over the past week, an average of 48,360 people was tested daily, with 1 per cent of cases testing positive. An average of some 400 cases was reported daily from across the country.


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