Ontario reports 1,250 new coronavirus cases, 22 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,250 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 306,007.

Friday’s case count is higher than Thursday which saw 994 new infections — and the number of tests processed on both days were roughly the same. On Wednesday, 958 new cases were recorded and 966 on Tuesday.

According to Friday’s provincial report, 337 cases were recorded in Toronto, 167 in Peel Region and 129 in York Region, 74 in Hamilton, 63 in Ottawa and 55 in Durham Region.

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 7,046 as 22 more deaths were recorded.

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Officials have listed 799 U.K. variant cases (B.1.1.7) which is up by 155 since yesterday — the largest single-day increase so far, 31 South African variant cases (B.1.351) which is unchanged, and three Brazilian variant cases (P.1) which is unchanged, that have been detected so far in the province.

Meanwhile, 287,424 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,159 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,378 — up from the previous day when it was 10,309, but up from last Friday at 10,294. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The seven-day average has now reached 1,063, down from yesterday at 1,064, and down from last week at 1,114.

The government said 64,748 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 34,037 tests awaiting results. A total of 11,293,939 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Friday was 2.3 per cent, up from Thursday when it was 2.1 per cent, but the same as a week ago when it was at 2.3 per cent.

Ontario reported 643 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (up by six from the previous day) with 280 patients in intensive care units (down by one) and 183 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (unchanged).

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the province has administered 820,714 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and the newly approved Oxford-AstraZeneca, are the only vaccines currently approved in Canada and all require two shots several weeks apart.

— More to come.

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