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2 new cases of COVID-19 in London area Wednesday

The Middlesex London Health Unit reported two new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. No new deaths were reported for the region.

The latest cases were from community spread

A few cars were lined up at the Oakridge assessment centre Wednesday morning ahead of opening. (Travis Dolynny/CBC)

The Middlesex-London Health Unit reported two new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday as testing remains high at local assessment centres.

There were 624 people swabbed at the Carling Heights and Oakridge Arena assessment centres Tuesday. Since the pandemic began, more than 35,000 tests have been done.

The total number of local coronavirus cases is 649, with 98 per cent of cases considered resolved.

There were no new deaths reported by the health unit. The total number of COVID-related deaths stands in the area at 57.

Masks mandatory inside public spaces

City councillors voted 12-1 Tuesday night to implement a temporary mandatory indoor mask bylaw, which takes effect immediately. Ward 1 Coun. Michael van Holst was the lone vote opposed to the bylaw.

With some exceptions, everyone, including staff, customers or visitors who enter an enclosed public space are required to wear a face covering. While fines are set at $500, city staff said they will focus on education as enforcement.

COVID-19 across the region and beyond

Southwestern Public Health, which covers St. Thomas, Woodstock, and Elgin and Oxford counties, reported one new cases Wednesday, bringing the regional total to 94 cases.

Meanwhile, Ontario saw 165 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. According to the Minister of Health, more than half of the new cases were people under 40. The new case count was concentrated in Ottawa, Peel and Windsor-Essex.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 27 new cases Wednesday, bringing the weekly total to 80 new cases since Monday.

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