Ontario reports 100 new COVID-19 cases, total now 688

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TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 100 more COVID-19 cases today, bringing the provincial total to 688.

That’s the largest single-day spike in cases.

It includes a ninth death and at least five people who are hospitalized, including a woman in her 20s.

Provincial health officials have said that increasing numbers of new cases in this period are expected, as so many Canadians return from abroad.

A backlog of people waiting for test results remains over 10,000.

Ontario’s finance minister is set to deliver a fiscal update today focused on supporting the province’s health-care system as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.