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Another 400-plus COVID count in Ontario

For the fifth consecutive day, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario surpassed 400, yesterday– just barely– with 404 new cases reported. The day before the number of new cases was 460.

Total confirmed COVID19 cases in Ontario now sits at  25,904.

The province also reported 29 more deaths on Sunday, four more than the 25 confirmed on Saturday.

There have now been 2,102 virus-related deaths in Ontario and 19,698 recoveries.

The new cases come as the province continues to lag in meeting testing targets.

Despite having the capacity to turn around 20,000 tests per day, over the past few days the province has only been processing about 11,000 tests daily.

Premier Doug Ford has vowed to ramp up testing numbers and is now urging anyone who feels like they may have been exposed to the virus to go to an assessment centre to get tested.

The premier has said the province will be releasing a “detailed testing strategy” sometime this week.

The new strategy will include targeting certain sectors and COVID-19 “hot spots.”

Meanwhile the province’s Chief Medical Offcier Dr. David Williams has released a directive to local health units clarifying that virtually anyone who wants a COVID test can now get one. Last week he admitted that his office had nor always been clear in its directives around testing and that was one of the reasons Ontarians were not showing up for testing.

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