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Ontario reports 478 new COVID cases, three additional deaths

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TORONTO–Ontario is reporting 478 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with three new deaths related to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 153 cases reported in Toronto, 95 in Peel Region and 90 in Ottawa.

She says 68 per cent of the new cases are in people under the age of 40.

The province is also reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 26 among students.

Those bring the total number of schools with a reported case to 116 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly-funded schools.

Meanwhile, Ontario is expected to announce part of its COVID-19 fall preparedness plan today. The premier’s office says it will roll out the plan over the next several days because of its complexity.

Premier Doug Ford has promised the strategy will help the province grapple with a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus.

The plan comes as daily virus case counts continue to climb to levels not seen for months in Ontario. Opposition politicians say the strategy should have come weeks earlier.

Elliott has said parts of the preparedness plan are currently being implemented, including increased testing capacity.

Ontario continues to struggle with long lines at some of its 147 COVID-19 assessment centres.

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