Ontario has recorded fewer than 1,500 new cases of COVID-19 for the third straight day.
On Monday, provincial health officials logged 1,265 infections of the novel coronavirus and 33 more deaths linked to the disease.
The province recorded 1,489 cases on Sunday and 1,388 on Saturday after 1,670 infections were logged on Friday.
The province’s seven-day average for number of cases recorded is now 1,327, down from 1,888 one week ago.
There were 28,303 COVID-19 tests completed in Ontario in the last-recorded 24-hour period, which falls well below provincial capacity of 70,000 daily swabs.
The test positivity rate now stands at about 4.4 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health.
Of the new patients recorded on Monday, 421 are in Toronto, 256 in Peel Region and 130 in York Region.
Monday’s count brings the total number of lab-confirmed cases in Ontario to 279,472, including deaths and recoveries. The province’s death toll is now 6,538
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NOTE: The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.