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Ontario confirms 344 new COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths

Last Updated Jun 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm EDT

Ontario confirmed 344 new cases of novel coronavirus on Friday, a slight drop from the 356 cases reported yesterday.

Fifteen more people have died, bringing the total death count to 2,372.

Of the 2,372 total deaths, 1,519 were in long-term care, Public Health Ontario reports. The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports that 1,692 people who have died were in long-term care – a discrepancy attributed to a lag in reported deaths.

The provincial total of confirmed cases now stands at 29,747 with 79.3 per cent considered resolved.

For the second straight day the province exceeded its goal of 20,000 tests, with 22,730 and 20,822 in the two previous days.

Toronto Public Health reported almost 200 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday as the city’s total number of cases surpassed 12,000.

The 198 new cases marks a 1.6 per cent increase over the previous day, bringing the seven day average up to 162.

There were 173 newly resolved cases brings that total to over 9,300 in the city.

Following a sharp increase in the number of deaths on Thursday, the city reported just seven additional deaths on Friday, bringing the total to 890.

While the number of hospitalizations decreased by 13 the number of patients in ICU and those on ventilators remained unchanged.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s restrictions on short-term rentals were lifted on Friday.

Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli says the facilities were able to resume operations as of 12:01 a.m.

Lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and bed-and-breakfast rentals are all included in the reopening.

Ontario’s tourism minister said Thursday the sector had been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lisa MacLeod pledged more government support but also urged Ontarians to support local businesses and take staycations.

She says the province may not see its visitor levels return to 2019 levels until 2024.

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