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Ontario reports 809 new COVID-19 cases as total deaths top 3,000

Last Updated Oct 10, 2020 at 11:37 am EDT

A person walks past a COVID testing site located at an emergency room EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Ontario saw a drop in new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as the death toll from the virus surpassed 3,000.

Provincial health officials reported 809 new cases Saturday – one day after confirming an all-time high of 939 coronavirus cases.

Another seven new deaths were reported, pushing the provincial total past 3,000.

Toronto leads the way with 358 new cases, followed by Peel with 123, and 94 in Ottawa.

The province has implemented new restrictions for the next 28 days in those three areas which will see indoor dining and drinking at bars, restaurants, nightclubs and food courts prohibited while all gyms, cinemas and casinos have been ordered closed.

The province says it processed 44,298 tests in the previous 24 hour period, which is the fewest number of tests completed in the last three days. The backlog of tests increased slightly to just over 56,000.

The number of hospitalizations dipped slightly to 213 while those patients in the ICU and on a ventilator remained unchanged.