Ontario reports 525 new COVID-19 cases, 59 more deaths


TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 525 new COVID-19 cases today and 59 more deaths.

That ends three consecutive days of declining numbers of new cases.

In Ontario’s reopening framework announced Monday, the government said the chief medical officer will be looking for a consistent, two-to-four-week decrease in the number of new cases before advising moving to the first stage.

Dr. David Williams would also be looking for fewer new hospitalizations, and those numbers also rose today, though the numbers of people in intensive care and on ventilators declined slightly.

The new provincial total of 15,381 cases is an increase of 3.5 per cent over the previous day’s total and includes 951 deaths and 8,964 resolved cases.

The Ministry of Long-Term Care reported 34 new deaths in residents of those facilities — a number that comes from a different database than the overall provincial figures.