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Health officials ‘keep close eye’ on downward trend
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 30, 2020
Ontario reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the lowest single-day total since March 25. (iStock.com/Orbon Alija)

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New COVID-19 cases dip to lowest in months

Ontario reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, the lowest single-day total since March 25. “While very welcome news, we shouldn’t draw too many conclusions from one day of data,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said. “Rather, we’ll continue to keep a close eye on what is hopefully the continuation of our downward trend.”

Kingston outbreak tied to nail salon

Kingston introduced new health measures after 18 cases of COVID-19 were connected to a nail salon in the city. Mayor Bryan Patterson announced masks would now be mandatory in indoor settings.  “This rise in cases was not unexpected. But as a community, we can do better,” he said.
 
Premier Doug Ford said the Kingston outbreak does not mean the province should stall its reopening plan, and said mandating mask use province-wide is not an option. “We just can't enforce it. That's the problem here,” he said. Ford encouraged Ontarians to wear a mask in public and added that local health units can introduce their own orders.

Toronto police officer guilty in beating of Dafonte Miller

An Ontario Superior Court judge found a Toronto police constable guilty of assaulting Dafonte Miller, a young Black man, in 2016. Michael Theriault, who was off-duty at the time of the assault, was found not guilty of aggravated assault and obstruction of justice. His brother, Christian, was also charged but found not guilty on all counts. “While I am disappointed that both Michael and Christian Theriault were not convicted of all charges, I am grateful that Justice [Joseph] Di Luca found Michael guilty of assaulting me,” Miller said in a statement. “I am also grateful that the judge recognized what ‘probably’ happened was much worse.” Miller lost an eye in the incident.

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