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Ontario confirms 170 new cases of COVID-19 as testing increases

Last Updated Sep 10, 2020 at 2:38 pm EDT

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ontario confirmed 170 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, an increase from the 149 cases reported Wednesday.

It’s the fourth highest single day total since July 24 with three of the single day highs coming in the last four days.

However, the province’s testing also increased to over 25,000 after completing just 17,600 tests the day before.

The most new cases are in Toronto (55), followed by York (28) and Peel (22).

One more person had died, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,814.

There have now been 43,855 confirmed cases in Ontario with 90 per cent having recovered.

Meanwhile, Premier Doug Ford says the quarantine system is “broken” because federal health officers are not charging people ignoring self-isolation orders for COVID-19.

Since the end of March, an emergency order under the federal Quarantine Act has required most people arriving from outside Canada to isolate themselves for 14 days, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Federal quarantine officers can lay charges with penalties of up to six months in jail and fines of $750,000, while police can issue tickets of up to $1,000.

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