Ontario reports more than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,745 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 325,254.

Friday’s case count is lower than Thursday’s which saw 1,553 new infections. On Wednesday, 1,508 new cases were recorded and 1,074 on Tuesday.

According to Friday’s provincial report, 478 cases were recorded in Toronto, 344 in Peel Region, 174 in York Region, 116 in Hamilton, 96 in Durham Region, and 73 in Ottawa.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 70 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 7,212 as 10 more deaths were recorded.

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Officials have listed breakdown data for the new VOCs (variants of concern) which consist of the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the United Kingdom), B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), and P.1 (first detected in Brazil) mutations.

The B.1.1.7 VOC is currently the dominating known strain at 1,175 variant cases, which is up by 39 since yesterday, 48 B.1.351 variant cases which is up by one, and 35 P.1 variant cases which is unchanged, that have been detected so far in the province.

The cumulative case count for a mutation that was detected but the lineage was not determined was 10,995, an increase of 704, the government indicated.

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Meanwhile, 304,789 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,296 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 13,253 — up from the previous day when it was at 12,814, and is up from March 12 when it was at 11,512. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 56,134 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 29,545 tests awaiting results. A total of 11,981,432 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Friday was 3.3 per cent, up from Thursday at 3.1 per cent, and up from last week at 2.4 per cent.

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Ontario reported 759 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by 29 from the previous day) with 309 patients in intensive care units (up by five) and 176 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 10).

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, the provincial government reported administering 1,420,599 COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 61,146 in the last day. There are 294,749 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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