157 new coronavirus cases, 7 deaths in Ontario; total cases at 35,068

Ontario reported 157 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 35,068.
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Toronto city council voted to make masks mandatory in enclosed, public places last week following recommendations from the medical officer of health.
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