Coronavirus Canada Updates: Ford speaks as Ontario reports 1,913 new COVID-19 cases

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Ontario recorded another 1,913 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, though provincial officials cautioned that Toronto Public Health — which consistently logs the most new infections each day — is “likely underreporting” its number of cases.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said the artificially low total of 550 new cases reported by the city was due to a “technical issue,” but did not provide any further details.

For reference, over the three previous days, Toronto Public Health logged 815, 1035 and 903 cases, respectively.

Other public health units that saw double- or triple-digit increases were:

Peel Region: 346
York Region: 235
Durham Region: 82
Windsor-Essex: 81
Waterloo Region: 79
Middlesex-London: 73
Halton Region: 71
Hamilton: 63
Niagara Region: 52
Simcoe Muskoka: 48
Ottawa: 41
Huron-Perth: 37
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph: 31
Lambton: 28
Southwestern: 22
Eastern Ontario: 14
Chatham-Kent: 13

(Note: All of the figures used in this story are found on the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard or in its Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any region may differ from what is reported by the local public health unit, because local units report figures at different times.)

The new cases come as Ontario’s network of labs processed just 34,531 test samples for the novel coronavirus and reported a test positivity rate of 6.8 per cent. Testing levels often fall over weekends, but there is capacity in the system for more than 70,000 tests daily.

The seven-day average of new daily cases fell to 2,893, the lowest it has been since Jan. 4 this year.

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