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Ottawa’s 61 new coronavirus cases are ‘concerning’: Mayor Watson

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson speaks at the opening of a COVID-19 drive through testing centre in Ottawa, Friday, September 4, 2020. Watson said on Twitter the city's latest spike of 61 COVID-19 cases is "concerning.". THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa’s mayor is worried about the latest spike in new novel coronavirus cases in the city.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) reported 61 new cases of the virus on Monday, following increases of 47 cases on Sunday and 27 on Saturday. The OPH figures include one more case than Ontario’s daily report earlier in the day.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said on Twitter that Ottawa’s latest daily COVID-19 figures are “concerning,” and he reminded residents to follow the basics of transmission prevention: wearing a mask, washing hands, physically distancing and staying home when sick.

One person had also died related to COVID-19 in Ottawa, according to OPH’s dashboard.

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There have now been 3,335 cases of the virus locally since the start of the pandemic and 268 deaths linked to COVID-19.

OPH says there are 334 active cases of the virus now in Ottawa.

Eleven people are in hospital with COVID-19, one of whom, a woman in her 40s, is in intensive care.

There are 18 ongoing coronavirus outbreaks in Ottawa, with no additional outbreaks reported on Monday.

Ottawa’s recent surge comes amid 313 new cases of the virus in Ontario, the largest daily increase since June 7.

There were 112 new cases of the virus in Toronto and 71 in Peel reported Monday.

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Together, Ottawa, Toronto and Peel account for 78 per cent of all new cases on Monday.

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There were no new COVID-19 cases reported in Ottawa schools, according to Ontario’s new dashboard tracking the virus through the province’s education system.

Ottawa Public Health’s more fulsome daily report on the coronavirus will be available later Monday afternoon.

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