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Ontario reports a rise in new COVID-19 cases

Last Updated Nov 16, 2020 at 11:00 am EST

Jennifer Lindsley loads several tubes of patient samples to test for COVID-19 at a hospital lab. Photo by Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM

Ontario is reporting 1,487 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, up from 1,248 cases the day before.

The most new cases are in Toronto (508), Peel Region (392), and York Region (170).

The province says it completed nearly 33,400 tests in the previous day — still well short of its goal of 50,000 tests per day.

Ten more people have died, bringing the death toll to 3,371. The majority of those deaths (2,145) have been people living in long-term care.

The second wave of the virus has seen a marked increase in cases. The last time Ontario’s daily case count was below 1,000 was on November 5 when 998 cases were recorded.

Meanwhile, three more regions in the Greater Toronto Area joined the COVID-19 red zone today.

The stricter public health measures are now in effect in Hamilton, York and Halton regions.

Toronto joined Peel Region in the red alert level — the highest short of a full lockdown — on Saturday.

Another six regions, such as Durham and Waterloo, will move to the orange alert level, and six more, including Windsor-Essex and Sudbury, will join the yellow alert level.

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