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Ontario reports 111 new coronavirus cases, 5 more deaths

Last Updated Jul 16, 2020 at 1:21 pm EDT

Test tubes containing blood samples to detect the presence of Covid-19 are seen in the molecular biology laboratory of Cannizzaro Hospital (Photo by Fabrizio Villa/Getty Images)

Ontario is reporting 111 cases of COVID-19, a slight increase over Wednesday’s number which was the lowest total in more than three months.

It is the 17th consecutive day fewer than 200 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded across the province.

Once again, Peel Region and Toronto make up almost half of the new cases reported.

The province says 30 of Ontario’s 34 public health units are reporting five or fewer cases, with 19 of them reporting no new cases.

Five additional deaths have been recorded, bringing the provincial total to 2,737.

A total of 26,492 tests were completed over the last 24 hour period.

After a brief spike earlier in the week, the number of hospitalizations has fallen to just over 100 while the number of patients in the ICU and on ventilators remained stable.

Meanwhile, Ontario has extended pandemic emergency orders until July 29.

Those orders cover, among other things, price gouging, preventing healthcare employees from working at more than one long-term care home, allowing school boards to redeploy staff to help out in long-term care and retirement home settings and loosening municipal restrictions to allow establishment or extension of patios for bars and restaurants.