The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern):

10:57 a.m.

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Ontario is reporting 554 new cases of COVID-19 today and four new death from the illness.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says 251 cases are being reported in Toronto, 106 in Ottawa, 79 cases in Peel Region and 43 in York Region.

She says 62 per cent of the new cases are among people under the age of 40.

In total, 137 people are hospitalized in Ontario due to COVID-19, including 30 in intensive care.

10:11 a.m.

Authorities in the Montreal area are urging people aged 18 to 34 to get tested for COVID-19 as the city and surrounding area move into the maximum pandemic alert level.

Montreal's public health director, Dr. Mylene Drouin, told a news conference today the city has reported 1,669 COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, which equals about 240 cases per day.

She says people in the 18 to 34 age range have shown high rates of testing positive for COVID-19 but are not getting tested enough.

Authorities say 61 people are currently in hospital due to COVID-19 in Montreal, with 17 people in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2020.

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