COVID-19 infections rising again in Ontario, but experts say no need to panic

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TORONTO — Experts say COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in Ontario amid cooling temperatures and the lifting of capacity limits.

But the scientific director for Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory group says behavioural changes like avoiding crowds, wearing masks and working from home can help steady the course.

Dr. Peter Juni says the rise in daily case counts over the last week comes after the province lifted capacity restrictions on venues like stadiums and restaurants and the weather became cooler, forcing people indoors.

Juni says people may be taking fewer precautions in of light those changes and the high vaccination rate in the province.

The seven-day average for infections has risen to 476 from 362 a week ago, and University of Toronto public health professor Barry Pakes says increasing case numbers were to be expected with the cooler weather and relaxation of public health measures.

Pakes says the trend isn't too worrying yet but it might mean cases are even higher next month, so people who aren't vaccinated should get their shots before gathering over the holidays.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2021.

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