Ontario reports 356 new COVID-19 cases, 45 more deaths


TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 356 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 45 more deaths.

That brings the total in the province to 29,403  — an increase of 1.2 per cent over the previous day.

It includes 2,357 deaths and 23,208 cases that have been resolved.

Ontario completed 20,822 tests in the previous day, more than the 20,000-per-day goal the province has pledged earlier in the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Ontario government made former federal health minister Jane Philpott an adviser.

Philpott, a physician, will help with the design and implementation on a new health-data platform.

The government says the platform will assist researchers and health-system workers as they access anonymized data.

The information will be used to help research and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philpott served as a minister in the federal government until she was ejected from the Liberal caucus in 2019. That came after she resigned from cabinet in solidarity with Jody Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin affair.

She was defeated in the last federal election and took a new role at Queen’s University earlier this year.



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