Ontario reports more than 2,300 new COVID-19 cases, 26 deaths


Ontario is reporting 2,362 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The provincial total now stands at 504,533.

Friday’s case count is lower than Thursday’s which saw 2,759 new infections. On Wednesday, 2,320 were recorded and 2,073 on Tuesday. It is also the fifth day in a row cases are below 3,000.

According to Friday’s report, 691 cases were recorded in Toronto, 563 in Peel Region, 224 in York Region, 148 in Durham Region and 112 in Hamilton.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 100 new cases in the provincial report.

The death toll in the province has risen to 8,431 as 26 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 468,033 Ontario residents were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is about 92 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 3,502 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Friday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 28,069 — down from the previous day when it was at 29,235, and is down from May 7 when it was at 33,645. At the peak of the second wave coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit just above 30,000. In the third wave in April, active cases topped 43,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 2,616, which is down from yesterday at 2,731, and is down from last week at 3,266. A month ago, the seven-day average was around 4,000.

The government said 44,040 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 22,237 tests awaiting results. A total of 14,695,084 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity for Friday was 6.1 per cent. That figure is up from Thursday’s at 5.7 per cent, but is down from last week when it was 7 per cent.

Ontario reported 1,582 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 50 from the previous day) with 777 patients in intensive care units (up by one) and 560 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 8).

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, more than 6.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered. That marks an increase of 141,765 vaccines in the last day. There are 415,531 people fully vaccinated with two doses.

— More to come.

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