Ontario reports more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases, 28 more deaths

Ontario is reporting 1,258 new coronavirus cases on Friday, bringing the provincial total to 298,569.

Friday’s case count is higher than Thursday’s which saw 1,138 new infections. On Wednesday, 1,054 new cases were recorded and 975 on Tuesday.

According to Friday’s provincial report, 362 cases were recorded in Toronto, 274 in Peel Region, 104 in York Region, 69 in Waterloo, 64 in Hamilton and 52 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 6,944 as 28 more deaths were reported.

Meanwhile, 281,331 Ontarians were reported to have recovered from COVID-19, which is 94 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 1,007 from the previous day. There were more new cases than resolved cases on Friday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 10,294 — up from the previous day when it was 10,071, but down from last Friday at 10,550. At the peak of the coronavirus surge in January, active cases hit above 30,000.

The government said 64,049 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 35,502 tests awaiting results. A total of 10,936,552 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 two per cent, and up from a week ago when it was at 2.2 per cent.

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Ontario reported 683 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by four from the previous day) with 284 patients in intensive care units (up by one) and 193 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by 11).

As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, the province has administered 643,765 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

— More to come.

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