Ontario reports 1,054 new coronavirus cases, 9 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,054 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, bringing the provincial total to 296,173.

Wednesday’s case count is higher than Tuesday’s, which saw 975 new infections. On Monday, 1,058 new cases were recorded and 1,087 on Sunday.

The daily case count went above 1,000 after being below the threshold on Tuesday. However, there were almost 30,000 more tests completed on Wednesday than on Tuesday.

According to Wednesday’s provincial report, 363 cases were recorded in Toronto, 186 in Peel Region, 94 in York Region, 53 in Simcoe Muskoka and 50 in Windsor-Essex.

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 6,893 as nine more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 279,230 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,291 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases on Wednesday than new cases.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,050 — down from the previous day when it was 10,296, and down from Feb. 17 at 10,985. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 54,852 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 41,251 tests awaiting results. A total of 10,806,152 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Wednesday was 2.4 per cent, down from Tuesday when it was 4.2 per cent, and down from a week ago when it was at three per cent.

Ontario reported 675 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 43 from the previous day) with 287 patients in intensive care units (up by four) and 182 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by four).

As of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the province has administered 602,848 COVID-19 vaccine doses, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

More to come.

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