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Ontario confirms 335 new cases of COVID-19

Last Updated Sep 23, 2020 at 10:41 am EDT

An employee prepares a COVID-19 sample for testing at a LifeLabs facility in Toronto on May 5, 2020. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Ontario is reporting 335 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a drop from the 478 cases that were confirmed on Tuesday.

The most new cases are in Toronto (102), followed by Peel (79) and Ottawa (65).

Three more people have died, raising the provincial death toll to 2,835.

In a tweet, Health Minister Christine Elliott noted that 69 per cent of new cases are in people under the age of 40. Elliott also said testing numbers were once again robust, with 35,400 tests completed the previous day.

A total of 48,087 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus in the province, with 86.5 per cent having recovered.

On Tuesday, federal health officials warned Canadians to remain vigilant in the face of surging case numbers across the country.

“We don’t want it to go up a giant ski hill,” Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday as she described the potential for a sharp upward curve.

The Public Health Agency of Canada released its latest modelling Tuesday, predicting up to 155,795 cases and up to 9,300 deaths by early October if the current trajectory of the epidemic continues.

Meanwhile, Canada has now committed more than $1 billion to buy doses of COVID-19 vaccines after securing a fifth deal with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline Tuesday.

Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Tuesday that Canada has a deal in place to buy up to 72 million doses of their experimental vaccine candidate, which is just starting the second of three trial phases this month.

In all, Canada has committed $1 billion to buy at least 154 million doses of vaccines from five different companies, and most of that money will not be refunded even if the vaccines never get approved.

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