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Dip in new COVID cases

There was a slight dip in the number of new COVID-19 cases overnight as the province prepares to announce Stage 3 of its reopening plan.

The 116 new cases reported Monday is a slight decrease from the 129 reported on Sunday and the 130 reported on Saturday.

“Having seen a continued decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases as the province entered Stage 2, and with hospitalizations being at all-time lows, today we’re providing details about Stage 3 of our plan to continue the safe and gradual reopening,” Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Monday.

The province also reported that three more people have died due to COVID-19. Ontario’s total number of lab-confirmed cases of the disease now amounts to 36,464, including 2,710 deaths and 32,155 recoveries.

Elliott said that 29 of the province’s 34 public health units have reported five or fewer new cases of the disease on Monday, with 21 of them reporting no new cases at all.

As of Monday, there were 116 people in the hospital due to COVID-19. Twenty-nine of those patients are in the intensive care unit and 19 of them are breathing with the assistance of ventilators.

“The number of COVID-19 patients receiving care in hospital has dropped significantly from the highs of over 1,000 reported in May,” Elliott said in a statement posted to Twitter.

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