For the first time in three months, officials have recorded under 1,000 new COVID-19 cases—the lowest number since February.
On Monday, Ontario logged 916 new infections, marking the lowest single-day total since Feb. 17. It is also the first time since March 6 that the province saw its daily case count dip below 1,000.
Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, previously said that he would like to see daily case counts drop to between 550 and 600 before beginning to ease public health restrictions.
“We are still in the third wave. Our numbers are coming down, but we are not yet below where we were (in) the transition between the second and third waves. We are getting close, and we want to make sure that we continue on this path,” Williams said on Monday afternoon.
The Ford government has set a tentative date of June 14 for the resumption of outdoor dining and the reopening of non-essential retail stores.
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From the 18,226 tests processed in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health is reporting a province-wide positivity rate of 4.3 per cent—the lowest reported on a Monday since March 15.
The number of known, active COVID-19 cases in Ontario is now 12,567.
Of the new cases reported today, 226 are in Toronto, 165 in Peel Region, 85 in York Region, 67 in Durham Region and 52 in Hamilton.
Last week, the Ford government said every eligible Ontario resident who wants to be vaccinated would be able to receive both doses by the end of the summer.