Ontario reports more than 1,500 new coronavirus cases, breaking another single-day record

Ontario reported 1,575 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, which is yet another new single-day record, bringing the provincial total to 89,784.

Thursday’s case count breaks Wednesday’s which saw 1,426 — the previous single-day high. On Tuesday, 1,388 cases were reported and 1,242 on Monday.

This is also the seventh straight day that daily case counts have been above 1,000.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said 472 new cases were recorded in Toronto, 448 in Peel Region, 155 in York Region and 91 in Ottawa, 61 in Durham Region, 58 in Waterloo and 54 in Halton Region.

All other public health units in Ontario reported under 50 new cases.

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The death toll in the province has risen to 3,293 as 18 more deaths were reported.

More than 39,500 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. The government has previously said it hoped to increase testing capacity to 50,000 per day by mid-October, and 68,000 tests per day by mid-November.

There is currently a backlog of 41,977 tests that need results. A total of 5,516,370 tests have been completed since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, 75,220 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which is 84 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 917 from the previous day. Active cases in Ontario now stand at 11,271.

Ontario has 431 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 (up by seven from the previous day), with 98 patients in an intensive care unit (up by ten) and 62 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (up by five). Hospitalizations have overall steadily increased over the past several weeks.

The newly reported numbers for Thursday’s report are valid as of Wednesday afternoon.

More to come.


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