Ontario reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases in nearly two months with fewer than 1,700 infections logged

TORONTO — Health officials in Ontario are reporting fewer than 1,700 new cases of COVID-19, marking the lowest single-day total in almost two months.

The 1,616 infections recorded Tuesday represent a significant drop from the 2,170 reported by the province a day earlier.

The last time daily case numbers were this low was on March 24 when 1,571 were logged.

Tuesday’s data is based on the completion of 22,915 tests in the last 24-hour period, which the Ministry of Health says produced a positivity rate of 7.6 per cent.

Ontario’s seven-day average for number of cases reported is 2,287, down from the 2,914 reported a week ago.

At least 513,102 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Ontario, including 479,630 recoveries and 8,506 deaths.

Seventeen of those COVID-19-related fatalities were reported since yesterday, pushing the national death toll to 25,000.

Right now, there are 24,966 active cases of COVID-19 across Ontario. 

This is a breaking news story. More to come.

Backstory:

The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.

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