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

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Around 26,200 cases are under investigation.

Despite the slight increase, the province's Minister of Health Christine Elliott tweeted that this still marks the sixth day in a row that they have seen fewer than 300 new cases.

As new daily cases of COVID-19 continue to decline in Ontario, the Ford government is allowing people anywhere in the province to build "social circles" of up to 10 people that can include family and friends.

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Ontario is reporting 266 new COVID-19 cases and nine more deaths.

A total of 26,538 cases are considered resolved, which makes up 83 per cent of all confirmed cases. Toronto reported 104 additional cases, while Peel had 44, and York had 30. During a briefing ahead of Friday afternoon's announcement, an official with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care said these groupings are intended for those that would be in close contact "on a regular basis", and that "within the circle, any type of interaction is good to go".

There continue to be 63 long term care homes in Ontario dealing with active coronavirus outbreaks.

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Currently, there are 539 residents in long-term care homes that have tested positive fort the virus and 503 staff - both of which is a decrease since the previous day (that means 72 resident cases and 40 staff cases have been resolved).

Today's figures included 9 addtional deaths.

The City of Toronto saw an increase of 87 COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total 13,236.

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