Number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario hits a six-week low

The drop in new cases comes as Ontario has ramped up testing

Ontario’s number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 is the lowest since March 31.

The Health Ministry on Sunday reported 294 new cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. This comes as Ontario has ramped-up testing to record-high levels. More than 19,000 tests were conducted on Friday.

There are 35 new deaths from the virus. Overall, 1,634 people have died from COVID-19 in Ontario and most of the victims have been over the age of 60.

The total number of cases in the province is 20,238 and that includes deaths and recoveries.

The low number of new cases of COVID-19 comes as the Ford government gets set to reopen provincial parks and conservation reserves this week. Retail stores will be able to reopen Monday for curbside pickup only. Garden centres and hardware stores were allowed to reopen over the weekend.