Ontario reports 17 new COVID-19 deaths with hospitalizations down slightly

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Ontario is reporting 17 new deaths linked to COVID-19 today and a small decrease in the number of people in hospital with the virus.
    
There have been 411 COVID-19-related fatalities in the past month.
    
The Ministry of Health says there are 1,662 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, fewer than the 1,676 reported in hospital on Thursday.
    
There are 210 people in intensive care due to COVID-19, a small increase from 205 the day before.
    
The province is reporting 2,418 new infections today, although access to PCR testing is limited.
    
The scientific director of Ontario's panel of COVID-19 advisers has said multiplying the daily case count by 20 would give a more accurate picture.