Ontario reports 615 new COVID-19 cases today, and five new deaths from the virus


TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 615 new cases of COVID-19 today, and five new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 289 cases are in Toronto, 88 in Peel Region and 81 in Ottawa.

Elliott says 58 percent of today’s cases are in people under the age of 40.

The province says it has a backlog of 68,006 tests, and has conducted 38,196 tests since the last daily report.

It also reported 56 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 31 among students.

Those bring the number of schools with a reported case to 335 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly funded schools.