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    For the second day in a row, Ontario recorded more than 500 new cases of the novel coronavirus. Specifically, health officials in the province reported 574 cases on Friday. The numbers represent a slight decrease from yesterday as there were a reported 590 new cases. 

    The rolling seven-day average is still on the decline from the previous week and stands at about 568. The positivity rate in Ontario hovers at around 2.0 per cent, as according to the Ministry of Health, there were 28,949 tests processed. Since Monday, Ontario hospitals have accommodated 489 people with COVID-19, and 440 of those patients are in ICU.

    The new cases are mostly in three municipalities, Toronto had 109 cases, Peel had 84, and Waterloo had 79 new infections. Porcupine Public Health Unit has been held back from entering Step 1 of reopening due to their high positivity rate and reporting 51 new cases.

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