Today, Ontario health officials have logged fewer than 500 new COVID-19 cases. This is the first time in eight months cases have been this low. To be exact on Tuesday health officials logged 469 new infections. The last day cases were this low was on September 26, 2020, when there were a reported 435 cases of coronavirus.
With the numbers this low, today is the ninth day in a row in which Ontario’s daily case count did not exceed 1,000. The rolling seven-day average continues to decline and sits at around 679, almost 400 cases less than a week ago. The province’s positivity rate rests at 2.7 per cent as there were 17,579 tests processed in the last 24-hour period.
The steady decline in cases has sparked an earlier reopening for Ontario as the government announced on Monday. Phase 1 of the reopening will begin on Friday, instead of the original June 14 plan. Outdoor gatherings will increase to 10 people, patios will allow tables of four, and retail stores will open at fifteen per cent capacity.
The majority of the cases were found in Toronto (182) and the Peel region (76). York Region reported zero cases but says it can be the result of data cleaning and updating previously reported cases.
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