COVID-19: Ontario sees 266 new cases, small increase from Friday

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The virus has so far caused 2,507 deaths in the province, an increase of nine from Friday. Around 26,200 cases are under investigation.

Ontario reported 203 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday - the lowest growth rate in more than three months, which also coincided with a record number of tests completed.

Over 27,400 more tests were done, close to an all-time high, with the total number of tests conducted now at 980,471.

It's a 0.8 per cent increase over yesterday's total and the sixth straight day of less than 300 coronavirus cases in the province.

The province has seen 31,992 cases in total, with 26,538 of them having been resolved. Ninety of today's additional cases are in Toronto.

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Friday's announcement differs from the one earlier this week stating that social gathering limits would be going up to 10 people, as physical distancing is still required in those cases.

Of those total deaths, 1,610 were in long-term care, Public Health Ontario reports.

About 78.5 per cent of all COVID-19-linked deaths in the province were residents of long-term care homes.

Officials have said there may be a discrepancy between the reporting of overall deaths and deaths at long-term care homes due to how the province's health database system, called iPHIS, is tracking data and how the Ministry of Long-Term Care is tracking data.

Meanwhile, most Ontario regions outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be allowed to reopen more businesses today, with some asking GTA residents to stay away.

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