Ontario reports fewest new COVID-19 cases in nearly 9 months

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Ontario is reporting 170 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death on Monday.

It is the smallest daily increase of new infections since Sept. 9.

The province is reporting a test positivity rate of 1.3 per cent, down from 1.8 per cent one week ago.

There were 12,949 tests completed in the last 24-hour period.

The province reported 213 cases and nine deaths on Sunday.

There were 144,795 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the last 24-hour period,

All Ontarians aged 12 to 17 are now eligible for an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The tweens and teens will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech shot – the only COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in youth in Canada.

The federal government is expecting to receive 3.7 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week.

The new deliveries will include about 900,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 2.8 million doses of Moderna vaccine.

Those shipments will push Canada’s total vaccine deliveries above 53.7 million doses, enough to administer two shots to more than 75 per cent of eligible residents.