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A school in Toronto’s east end is reporting a COVID-19 outbreak after the province began testing asymptomatic students and staff there last week.

The Toronto District School Board says there are 19 confirmed cases of the virus at Thorncliffe Park Public School.

A spokesman for the board says 18 of the cases are in students and one staff member has also tested positive.

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The school says 433 tests were completed at the school during two days of assessments last week.

It also says the positivity rate within the school is approximately four per cent.

Last week, the province announced it would begin voluntary asymptomatic testing in schools in COVID-19 hot spot regions.

Ontario reported 1,746 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, and eight new deaths due to the virus.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said 622 new cases were in Toronto, 390 cases in Peel Region and 217 in York Region.

The province also reported 102 new COVID-19 cases related to schools, including at least 86 among students.

Those brought the number of schools with a reported case to 670 out of Ontario’s 4,828 publicly funded schools.

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In the province’s long-term care homes, 710 residents currently have COVID-19 and two new deaths were reported Monday.

The province said 109 of its 626 long-term care homes are experiencing an outbreak.

Meanwhile, York Region confirmed 11 cases of COVID-19 linked to a soccer game at a sports facility in Vaughan, Ont.

The public health unit says about 25 people played at TRIO Sportsplex and Event Centre on Nov. 11 and 15.

It says the players wore masks during the game but not while they were in the change rooms.

Most of the cases were Toronto residents, with some from surrounding areas.

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Team sports were allowed in York Region at the time but screening of patrons was required.

Editor’s note: (Nov. 30, 2020): This story has been updated to correct the number of new deaths reported on Monday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government made sure to sign deals with a variety of potential COVID-19 vaccine producers to ensure Canadians would get one that works. He says that if everything goes according to plan, most Canadians will receive their immunization by next September. The Canadian Press

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