Ontario reports 1,848 new coronavirus cases, 45 deaths

Ontario reported 1,848 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 134,783.

Friday’s case count is a decrease from Thursday’s which saw a record breaking 1,983 new cases. On Wednesday, 1,890 cases were recorded and 1,676 on Tuesday.

According to Friday’s provincial report, 469 cases were recorded in Toronto, 386 in Peel Region, 205 in York Region and 106 in Windsor-Essex.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 3,916 as 45 more deaths were reported — the highest increase in deaths in the second wave.

Ontario has 808 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 21 from the previous day), with 235 patients in an intensive care unit (up by seven) and 124 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by eight).

The government said 63,051 tests were processed in the last 24 hours which sets the record for tests within a single day. The previous record for tests was on Thursday with 61,051 tests which detected 1,983 new cases.

There is currently a backlog of 69,280 tests that need results. A total of 6,839,193 tests have been completed since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, 116,432 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 85 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,753 from the previous day.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 16,283, up from the previous day at 16,233, and up from last Friday at 14,997.

The province notes that the number of cases publicly reported each day may not align with case counts reported by the local public health unit on a given day. Local public health units report when they were first notified of a case, which can be updated and changed as information becomes available. Data may also be pulled at different times.

The newly reported numbers for Friday’s report were pulled from the provincial database Thursday afternoon. Hospitalization numbers are valid as of Wednesday.

More to come.

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