Ontario reports 783 new cases of COVID-19, 136 in Peel

The red line is the number of new cases reported daily and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases

The red line is the number of new cases reported daily and the dotted green line is a five-day moving average of new cases

Quebec continued to post the nighest number of new COVID-19 diagnoses in the country, reporting 1,279 new cases on Saturday.

Cases have been high recently with Thursday's 783, Wednesday's 721, Tuesday's 746, Monday's 807, Sunday's 649, Saturday's 809, and last Friday's 939 - the highest count to date in the pandemic.

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On Friday, the province confirmed that nine people died due to the disease.

Ten more deaths were reported. The death toll was unchanged at 34.

"That greatly reduced the amount of movement that people particpated in, and there was a great shutdown in public gatherings and public venues, therefore the number of contacts per case is much less than it is now".

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That brings to 12 the number of staff with COVID-19 at four city-run care homes. Of the 278 patients in hospital on Friday, 72 were in intensive care units, and 42 of the ICU patients were on ventilators.

With people across Canada being encouraged to get the flu shot as COVID-19 continues to spread, Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott reassured the public that there isn't a "shortage" of flu vaccine, although many pharmacies have been running out of supply.

Just like Toronto, Peel and Ottawa, this will include the closure gyms, indoor dining and cinemas.

Durham Region reported 30 new cases, Halton Region reported 25 new cases, and Waterloo reported 19 new cases.

The province processed nearly 45,000 tests on Friday, Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Twitter.

On Thursday, Nova Scotia became the latest province to join the COVID Alert app, leaving Alberta and British Columbia as the only provinces that aren't allowing residents to report a positive test through the app.

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