Ontario reports just over 1,000 new COVID cases on Tuesday

27 new COVID-19 cases reported in Niagara today marking lowest number since March 25th

27 new COVID-19 cases reported in Niagara today marking lowest number since March 25th

Ontario's daily COVID-19 cases barely topped 1,000 Tuesday - the lowest number since early March. Nationally, new cases have fallen for six weeks in a row and hit their lowest level since the week ended June 14, 2020.

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Ontario labs, however, processed 16,857 tests in the past 24 hours, a notable difference from the seven-day average of 35,240 tests.

The province's positivity rate is now 6.4 per cent, unchanged from the previous day, according to the Ministry of Health.

Monday's data was not released until today due to the Victoria Day holiday.

One new death was reported, bringing the death toll in the region to 360.

The numbers reported over the past two days continue a downward trend of infections across the province.

The seven-day rolling average dropped to 1,692 on Tuesday, down from 2,287 a week ago. There were 1,446 new cases on Monday.

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Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams said the province is seeing COVID-19 deaths in people under 70, and in some cases, even under 40 years-old.

Locally on Tuesday, there are 325 new cases in Toronto, 231 in Peel and 77 in York Region.

There are 1,025 people in hospital (~10 per cent of hospitals not reporting weekend bed census), 692 in ICU and 498 on a ventilator.

The regional data for three confirmed cases is under investigation.

Meanwhile, Ontario residents who received a first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in mid-March will be able to book their second shot this week as the province seeks to use up its stockpile before it expires.

The Reuters analysis comes as many Americans begin to return to some semblance of normalcy with local governments and businesses beginning to lift mask and social distancing requirements, after the Centers for Disease Control said fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless in most settings.

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary.

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