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Ontario reports more than 600 new COVID-19 cases for first time since early June

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TORONTO — Ontario health officials are reporting more than 600 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time since early June.

The province confirmed 650 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday. The last time officials reported a daily case number that high was on June 6 with 663 new infections.

Friday’s increase comes after the province logged 531 new cases on Thursday, 485 new cases on Wednesday, 348 new cases on Tuesday and 526 new cases on Monday.

Ontario’s rolling seven-day average now stands at 518, up from 399 at this point last week. The seven-day average has been climbing steadily for several weeks.

With 28,635 tests processed in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says the positivity rate in the province stands at 2.4 per cent.

The province recorded two new deaths on Friday, bringing the total death tally in the province to 9,450. 

This is a breaking news story. More to come…

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