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Ontario reports 1,242 new cases of COVID-19, 12 more deaths

Last Updated Nov 9, 2020 at 11:15 am EST

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 is reporting 1,242 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a slight drop from Sunday’s record 1,328 cases.

It’s the fourth straight day more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases have been recorded and the fifth time in the last seven days.

The most new cases are in Toronto (483), followed by Peel (279) and York Region (107).

Twelve more people have died raising the death toll to 3,245. The majority of deaths (2,069) have been people living in long-term care.

The upward trend in cases comes just as the province implemented a new colour-coded assessment system that one public health unit has rejected as too lenient.

Provincial health officials completed 28,401 tests in the previous 24-hour period — far short the province’s goal of 50,000 tests per day.

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