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Ontario confirms 154 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Last Updated Jul 6, 2020 at 2:29 pm EDT

A nurse gets a swab ready at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ontario confirmed 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a slight increase from the 138 cases reported yesterday.

There were no new deaths reported in the province — the first time that has happened since late March.

The death toll remains at 2,689.

The provincial total of confirmed cases stands at 35,948 with 87.4 per cent considered resolved.

In a tweet, Minister of Health Christine Elliott noted that 29 of 34 public health units in Ontario reported five or fewer cases, with 18 of them reported no new cases.

Meanwhile Monday, leaders of Ontario’s largest cities and regions said upper levels of government must stop “wrangling” and provide immediate financial support to municipalities coping with massive pandemic-related costs.

The municipal leaders said $10 billion in aid is needed for communities across the country, and federal and provincial governments must resolve their differences before tax increases, service cuts, and fee hikes are forced upon communities.

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario penned a joint statement Monday to ratchet up pressure on the governments to come to a resolution.

“Our residents need support now,” the groups said in a statement. “The time is up for federal-provincial wrangling about how to share the costs.”

The groups’ request comes halfway through the municipal budget year, and they said time is running out for a commitment. They’re urging the federal government to address the issue in a fiscal update set for Wednesday.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs and lost income for towns and cities, including steeply declining transit revenues.

“Municipalities have no choice but to consider plans to balance the budget by raising property taxes, user fees and charges or cutting services,” the groups said. “Difficult conversations about cost-saving service reductions are taking place at council meetings across the province.”

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