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Ontario reporting drop in new COVID-19 daily cases

Last Updated Oct 16, 2020 at 3:25 pm EDT

Ontario is reporting 712 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and nine deaths.

On Thursday, the province reported 783 new COVID-19 cases, and five new deaths.

Friday’s number of resolved cases saw a drop of 8.5 per cent compared to the day before with 713, however, still larger than new cases.

More than 38,500 tests have been completed.

213 new cases are in Toronto, 135 cases in the Peel Region, 108 cases in Ottawa and 62 cases in York Region.

York is seeing its number of daily cases nearly cut in half on Friday compared to the day before, when it had 127 cases reported.

Premier Doug Ford has said that the province is keeping an eye on York after the district’s cases were increasing daily, and that officials are going to decide if it’s necessary to move the region to Stage 2.

If York Region rolls back to Stage 2, it would be joining hotspots Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa as well.

RELATED: Ford government keeping ‘close eye’ on York Region as COVID-19 cases mount

Ontario schools saw another uptick in numbers on Friday as well, with 109 cases, bringing the total in schools to date to 451.

More than half of the new cases in schools are related to students, with 55, while staff total 17 and 37 individuals were not identified.

To find out which schools in the province are reporting COVID-19 cases, you can go to Ontario’s COVID-19 website, which is updated every day at 10:30 a.m.

There are a total of 62,908 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario reported to date.


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