Ontario reports more than 1,300 new coronavirus cases, 16 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,316 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 312,428.

Wednesday’s case count is higher than Tuesday’s, which saw 1,185 new infections. On Monday, 1,631 new cases were recorded (a portion of those cases were older ones recently inputted into the provincial data system) and 1,299 on Sunday.

According to Wednesday’s provincial report, 428 cases were recorded in Toronto, 244 in Peel Region, 149 in York Region, 67 in Thunder Bay, and 59 in both Ottawa and Hamilton.

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

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,099 as 16 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 294,018 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,212 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 11,311 — up from the previous day when it was 11,223, and up from March 3’s total of 10,397. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

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The government said 54,149 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 38,518 tests awaiting results. A total of 11,523,830 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Wednesday was 2.5 per cent, down from Tuesday when it was 3.7 per cent, but up from a week ago when it was at 2.4 per cent.

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Ontario reported 678 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 11 from the previous day) with 281 patients in intensive care units (down by nine) and 178 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by six).

As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the provincial government reported administering 978,797 COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 35,264 in the last day. There are 279,204 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one.

— More to come.

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