Ontario reports 1,150 new coronavirus cases, 47 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,150 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 290,771.

Friday’s case count is higher than Thursday’s which saw 1,038 new infections. On Wednesday, 847 new cases were recorded and 904 on Tuesday.

It also brings the daily case count above 1,000 for the second time in six days, although the last two days had the most tests completed.

According to Friday’s provincial report, 376 cases were recorded in Toronto, 264 in Peel Region, 108 in York Region and 73 in Ottawa.

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 6,820 as 47 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 273,401 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,255 from the previous day.

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There were more resolved cases on Friday than new cases.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,550 — down from the previous day when it was 10,702, and down from last Friday at 12,496. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 65,372 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 39,970 tests awaiting results. A total of 10,588,786 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

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Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Friday was 2.1 per cent, down from Thursday when it was 2.2 per cent, and down from a week ago at 2.2 per cent.

Ontario reported 689 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 69 from the previous day) with 269 patients in intensive care units (down by eight) and 190 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by two).

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, the province has administered 518,834 COVID-19 vaccine doses, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

— More to come.

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