Slight increase in new cases of COVID-19, but Ontario still below the weekly average


Ontario is reporting 412 new cases of COVID-19 and 68 more deaths.

That brings the province to a total of 18,722 cases, including 1,429 deaths and 13,222 ones that have been resolved, more than 70 per cent of all cases.

The province had said it would be doing 16,000 tests a day by now, but fewer than 13,000 tests were completed during the previous day.

On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford delivered a sharp rebuke to half of Ontario's regional medical officers of health, blaming them for low testing rates.

The numbers of people in hospital and in intensive care units decreased today, but the number of people on ventilators rose.

Meanwhile, the province announced today that it is extending a period of lower hydro rates as well as its emergency orders.