TORONTO — Ontario reported 387 new cases of COVID-19 and 61 more deaths on Tuesday, as the growth rate remained steady.

The new cases bring the provincial total to 18,310, including 1,361 deaths and 12,779 resolved cases — nearly 70 per cent of the total.

The new provincial tally is 2.2 per cent higher than the previous day, about the same growth rate as the previous day’s 2.1 per cent.

In long-term care, where information comes from a different database than the provincial totals, no new outbreaks were reported for a total of 175, while 31 more deaths were recorded for a total of 1,003.

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The number of people in intensive care units and on ventilators with the virus dropped from the previous day.

There were 10,654 tests completed in the past 24 hours, the lowest total in five days. The province also listed just over 6,000 tests as under investigation.

Premier Doug Ford’s government had set a target of processing 16,000 tests a day, but Tuesday’s figures are well short of that.

Ontario had been testing well below its capacity, and earlier this month Ford called for that to be ramped up. On Monday, the premier said his province is now conducting the most tests per day in Canada, both in terms of volume and per capita.

The premier also hinted Monday at good news coming soon on reopening retail stores and parks, as well as for cottagers and people missing loved ones.

Ford is expected to be joined at his daily press conference Tuesday afternoon by Health Minister Christine Elliott and Associate Minister of Mental Health Michael Tibollo.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 5, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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