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Slight increase as Ontario records 115 COVID-19 cases

“As we reopen more businesses and community spaces, we must all work together to remove the barriers that get in the way of people succeeding, of businesses succeeding and communities succeeding,” Ford said.

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In contrast to the United States, the COVID-19 situation is far more under control in Ontario, he said.

Williams, meanwhile, described the U.S. circumstances as “very concerning.”

Ontario and Canada continue to show much lower infection rates, especially among children nine years of age and under, but shouldn’t be complacent, he cautioned.

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Ontario saw an uptick in new COVID-19 cases Monday but not enough to spark any significant concern in public health officials.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said the one-day increase of 115 cases comes after a week with less than 100 daily new cases.

“I expect, I’m hoping, that that number will drop down again as the week goes on,” Williams said Monday. “I’m hoping and planning on having a day when we might even see less than 50 in the province of Ontario.”

Provincial public health data confirmed a total of 40,161 COVID-19 cases, the vast majority resolved. There were no new deaths reported Monday, and the number of active cases among long-term care residents was four across Ontario.

Premier Doug Ford announced that the final region of the province still in Stage 2, Windsor-Essex, will enter Stage 3 Wednesday.

The premier urged Ontarians to maintain public health measures such as wearing face coverings and frequent handwashing.

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