Ontario reports nearly 2,100 new coronavirus cases, death toll surpasses 6,000

Ontario is reporting 2,093 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, bringing the provincial total to 262,463.

Thursday’s case count is higher than Wednesday’s which saw 1,670 new infections. On Tuesday, 1,740 new cases were recorded and 1,958 on Monday.

It also put daily case counts back above 2,000 after the last three days saw numbers below it. However, Thursday also saw more tests completed in the last week.

“Locally, there are 700 new cases in Toronto, 331 in Peel, 228 in York Region and 123 in Niagara,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

The death toll in the province has risen to 6,014 — surpassing the 6,000 mark — after 56 more deaths were reported.

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Meanwhile, 234,971 Ontarians have recovered from COVID-19 which is about 89 per cent of known cases. Resolved cases increased by 2,491 from the previous day.

There were more resolved cases than new cases on Thursday.

Active cases in Ontario now stand at 21,478 — down from the previous day when it was 21,932, and down from last Thursday at 26,063.

The seven-day average has now reached 2,128, down from yesterday at 2,205 and down from last week at 2,751— showing a downward trend in new cases.

Ontario reported 1,338 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down by 44 from the previous day), with 377 patients in an intensive care unit (down by 19) and 276 patients in ICUs on a ventilator (down by 15).

The government said 64,664 tests were processed in the last 24 hours. There is currently a backlog of 48,386 tests awaiting results. A total of 9,495,531 tests have been completed since the start of the pandemic.

Test positivity — the percentage of tests that come back positive — for Thursday was 3.3 per cent, down from Wednesday at four per cent, and down from one week ago when it was 4.3 per cent.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the province has administered 317,240 COVID-19 vaccine doses. There are 55,286 people fully vaccinated with two doses. Both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the only two vaccines currently approved in Canada, require two shots.

The province noted Thursday morning before the day’s data was released that officials had previously “inadvertently provided data on the number of doses administered to achieve full vaccination” and as a result “the number of people who have been fully vaccinated is half of what is currently listed.” The data has now been amended after showing 96,459 total vaccinations to 55,286.

— More to come.

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