Ontario reports fewer than 700 new COVID-19 cases for first time since October

TORONTO — Ontario health officials are reporting fewer than 700 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in more than seven months.

The province confirmed 699 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, which comes after officials logged 916 cases on Monday.

The last time Ontario reported fewer than 699 cases was on Oct. 18, 2020 when officials reported 658 new cases of the disease.

Ontario’s rolling seven-day average now stands at 1,029, down from 1,693 at this point last week.

With 20,262 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says the positivity rate dropped from 4.3 per cent on Monday to 3.6 per cent on Tuesday.

Ontario also added nine COVID-19-related deaths in the previous 24-hour period, bringing the total number of fatalities to 8,766. 

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