Ontario reports 994 new coronavirus cases, 10 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 994 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 304,757.

Thursday’s case count is slightly higher than Wednesday’s which saw 958 new infections — however, there were more tests processed on Thursday. On Tuesday, 966 cases were recorded and 1,023 on Monday.

According to Thursday’s provincial report, 298 cases were recorded in Toronto, 171 in Peel Region and 64 in York 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 7,024 as 10 more deaths were recorded.

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Meanwhile, 287,424 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,072 from the previous day. There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,309 — down from the previous day when it was 10,397, but up from last Thursday at 10,071. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 65,643 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 42,723 tests awaiting results. A total of 11,229,191 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Thursday was 2.1 per cent, down from Wednesday when it was 2.4 per cent, but up from a week ago when it was at two per cent.

Ontario reported 649 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 19 from the previous day) with 281 patients in intensive care units (up by seven) and 183 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by five).

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the province has administered 784,828 COVID-19 vaccine doses, representing an increase of 30,409 in the last day. There are 268,118 people fully vaccinated with two 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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