Ontario reports more than 1,100 new coronavirus cases, 23 more deaths


Ontario is reporting 1,138 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 297,311.

Thursday’s case count is higher than Wednesday’s which saw 1,054 new infections. On Tuesday, 975 new cases were recorded and 1,058 on Monday.

According to Thursday’s provincial report, 339 cases were recorded in Toronto, 204 in Peel Region, 106 in York Region, 64 in Ottawa and 56 in Waterloo Region.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 50 new cases in the provincial report.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 6,916 as 23 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 280,324 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,094 from the previous day.

There were more new cases than resolved cases on Thursday, after several weeks of seeing the opposite.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,071 — up from the previous day when it was 10,050, but down from last week at 10,702. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

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The government said 66,351 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 40,639 tests awaiting results. A total of 10,872,503 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Wednesday was two per cent, the lowest it’s been since the beginning of October, down from Wednesday when it was 2.4 per cent, and down from a week ago when it was at 2.2 per cent.

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Ontario reported 687 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 12 from the previous day) with 283 patients in intensive care units (down by four) and 182 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (unchanged).

As of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, the province has administered 621,960 COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 19,112 in the last day. There are 255,449 people fully vaccinated with two doses. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the only vaccines currently approved in Canada, require two shots.

— More to come.

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