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Ontario reports 809 new cases of COVID-19 as restrictions in hot spots tighten

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 809 new cases of COVID-19 today and seven new deaths related to the virus, as new restrictions kick in to slow its spread in several hot spots.

Public health officials say 358 of the new cases are in Toronto, 123 are in Peel Region and 94 in Ottawa.

Tighter restrictions to curb the surge of infections in those regions took effect today after Ontario saw a record high of 939 new cases on Friday.

Those areas have consistently reported the majority of new cases in recent weeks.

The government says it has a backlog of 56,138 tests, and has conducted 44,298 tests since the last daily report.

In total, 213 people are hospitalized in Ontario because of COVID-19, 47 people are in intensive care and 29 are on ventilators.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 10, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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